Supporting youth: Andrew Scipione and (insert) Thomas Kelly. Photo: Jacky Ghossein
It's not often a member of the public is able to spend a day under police custody without being on the wrong side of the law.
In what is believed to a be a first in Australia, a winning bidder at Wednesday's Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation launch party will have the rare privilege of spending a day under the watch - in the best possible way - of the NSW Police Commissioner.
According to organisers, the winner of a day in the life of Andrew Scipione auction prize will be put through their paces, with the shift split over two days into afternoon, evening and morning segments.
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A model walks the runway at the Dion Lee fashion show. Photo: AFP
And the commissioner is only to happy to do the honours.
''Trying to curb alcohol-related violence has always been one of my top priorities,'' he told the Diary, adding that he is humbled to think that someone might want to pay to spend a day in his company.
The winner will go through thorough security and background checks before being given access to Scipione's world - a high-speed chase optional (we hope).
Aussie twang: Jessica Marais.
''By the end of the day,'' Scipione said, ''you may wonder why you paid so much for the experience, but I can assure you it will all have been for a very good cause.''
With CCTV safety cameras - 10 of which are to be sponsored by the foundation - expected to fetch $25,000 each, a day under the watchful eye of the head of the boys and girls in blue is likely to set a charitable patron back many thousands of dollars.
The money will be used to directly combat alcohol-fuelled violence after 18-year-old student Thomas Kelly died from head injuries sustained from being punched on a night out in Kings Cross just over 14 months ago.
Australian design: Iggy Azalea and Dion Lee backstage at his show. Photo: AFP
Other more orthodox prizes on offer include holidays in Bali, New Zealand, the Kimberley and Port Douglas, a day on a racing yacht and a car.
Tables have been sold to Fairfax Media, 60 Minutes, News Corp and Sydney University, amongst others. Each will be anchored by a public figure, including surfer Layne Beachley and her INXS husband Kirk Pengilly, chef Luke Mangan, presenter Richard Wilkins and former Wallaby Phil Waugh. Jessica Mauboy is set to perform on the night. The Diary understands that Malcolm Turnbull has resolved a calendar clash to allow himself and wife Lucy to attend, while lord mayor Clover Moore and Pru Goward are also expected.
Aussie twang could help make movie fly high
Out went Julia Louis-Dreyfus from Seinfeld, in came Jessica Marais from Packed To The Rafters.
In a clever move by Disney executives to localise its 3D animated movie Planes, the Australian actress turned Louis-Dreyfus's role into a spirited, small-town Qantas plane who competes in a round-the-world race.
''I think it's so that children and adults can see a real contender with their own accent and vernacular,'' Marais, pictured, says.
''It's important for them to be able to embrace us having just as valid an accent on a world stage.''
Garry Maddox reports that Marais was not alone in supplying a new accent for Louis-Dreyfus's French-Canadian character. Disney has created six international versions of Planes, a Cars spin-off that was originally slated as a straight-to-DVD movie, for release outside North America.
Other actresses localised the role in Germany, France, Russia, Italy and Brazil, no doubt boosting commercial tie-ins and merchandising.
For her part, Marais watched the movie then recorded lines over four hours in a Sydney studio with a video link to the Disney creative team.
So does this mean free Qantas flights for the rest of her life? ''I hope so,'' Marais says with a laugh before the Australian premiere on a Qantas flight on Saturday. ''I haven't negotiated that as part of the deal but it's only fair.''
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Tints, not tatts
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