Sydney, Australia: St. George OpenAir Cinema Premieres Musical 'Bran Nue Dae'


While the stars of the well-received Aussie flick were out in force at the St George Open Air Cinema, a surprise guest was France-based songstress Tina Arena who looked quite frail in a tight pink frock. She said she was still jet lagged after arriving in the country with her son on Friday to tour with Irish crooner Ronan Keating.

Arena said her husband Vincent Mancini had not accompanied her on the trip. "He's dealing with sick grandparents at the moment so it's good to be close," she said.

Indie artist and cast member Missy Higgins wowed the red carpet in a Marni Skillings mini-dress from her sister Nicola's new Bondi boutique.

Higgins, who is currently single, is "hilarious" in the comedy as Annie, according to her cohort and good mate Magda Szubanski.

"She paid me to say that," Szubanski joked to Confidential at Mrs Macquaries Chair.

Higgins has never acted before and said she requested an audition despite being offered the part by director Rachel Perkins. "I just wanted to make sure I was right for the role and didn't end up making a fool out of myself," she said.

R&B sensation Jessica Mauboy spoke of the awkward moment when her boyfriend Themeli Magripilis had to watch her kissing scene at the Darwin opening. "The poor guy, he just turned away. I felt so bad," she said.


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