Three Copies Of 50 Shades Of Grey – The Classical Album (CD)

Column: Giveaways   |   Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |   Author: Ashley Thomson   |   4 years, 9 months ago

So you know how a bunch of people (read: women) started getting their jollies off about a sado-masochistic love story recently? Well, now the author has gone and picked some lovely classical music to go with it, because if A Clockwork Orange taught us anything, it’s that hyper-sexualised torture goes well with classical.

This is a 15-track album featuring classical music personally selected by E L James herself and referenced in her bestselling Fifty Shades book trilogy.

Says James of the new album: ‘I am thrilled that the classical pieces that inspired me while I wrote the Fifty Shades Trilogy are being brought together in one collection for all lovers of the books to enjoy.’

Fifty Shades of Grey – The Classical Album aims to provide the perfect accompaniment to the Fifty Shades reading experience, setting a mysterious and alluring atmosphere with just the slightest hint of danger. The music on the album includes The Tallis Scholars’ sweeping version of Spem in Alium featured in the first novel, along with 14 other works from the books, such as the ‘Flower Duet’ from Lakmé, Pachelbel’s Canon in D and the ‘aria’ from Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

If you’d like a copy, email with the best use of classical music in film – points for surprising us, which 2001: A Space Odyssey will not.

Email the editor with your name, phone number and address to see if you can pick up yourself a one of these.

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Five Copies Of ‘Rampart’ (DVD/Blu-ray):

Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson) is a Los Angeles police officer who works out of the Rampart Division. Dave is misogynistic, racist, brutally violent, egotistical and a womanizer, although he defends himself against many of these accusations as he says that his hate is equal opportunity. However unlawful, he uses intimidation and brutal force to defend his ideals.

The most notorious of his actions is purportedly murdering a suspected serial date rapist, which is why he has been given the nickname ‘Date Rape Dave’. He lives with two of his ex-wives - sisters Barbara and Catherine - in an effort to keep family together, namely his two daughters, Helen and Margaret, who each have a different sister as their mother. Dave still maintains a sexual relationship with both sisters - whenever the mood suits any of them - while he openly has other sexual relationships. His life is put under a microscope after he is caught on video brutally beating a person with whom he got into an automobile crash...

Sounds like a barrel of laughs, right? If you want to watch Woody Harrelson being a boss for two hours, email and make a case for the best Harrelson performance ever given.

Six Two-Day Passes To The Human Dimension: The Inaugural CHASS National Forum:

The impact of technology and science on the lives of Australians will be in the spotlight at the Inaugural CHASS (Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences) Forum to be held at the University of Canberra from Mon-Wed September 24-26.

‘With rapidly developing technologies and scientific research changing the way we live our everyday lives, it’s vital to support and invest in our knowledge of the human experience,’ said CHASS President, Professor Sue Willis. ‘This exciting forum is an opportunity to learn from and engage with the latest thinking from Australian and international experts about the human dimension and how it integrates with technology, science, arts and society. From ‘what makes us human?’ to ‘who decides the public good?’, the forum addresses big questions on issues of national and global significance.’

A who’s who of social commentators and industry experts will be speaking  at the forum, including Joe Hildebrand (journalist and public commentator), Waleed Aly (broadcaster, author and academic) and Dr Marcus Hutter (Professor for Artificial Intelligence, ANU). Also speaking will be Yalda Hakim (pictured), a highly talented young journalist. Reporting for Dateline for the last three years, she has delivered stories from around the world, from countries as diverse as India, Afghanistan, Norway, Italy, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, South Sudan and the United States. Already in 2012, Hakim has interviewed the President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, and travelled with Karzai to Pakistan for talks with President Asif Ali Zardari and Iran’s leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about peace in the region. Hakim has been a finalist for the Australian Young Journalist of the Year Award and won the United Nations Media Peace Prize for Best Australian Television News coverage in 2009.

With sessions on technology, arts, policy making, national identity, climate change and more, a two-day pass to this event will provide an extraordinary and unique opportunity to learn from and network with great minds. For more information, visit

If you’d like a two-day pass, email and tell him what you hope to gain by going.

Three Copies Of Animal Collective’s New Album ‘Centipede Hz’ (CD):

Centipede Hz is the tenth full length Animal Collective album following the widely celebrated Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009) and also the first since Strawberry Jam (2007) to feature all four original band members: Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist and Deakin.

As the album’s opening bars of drum crashes and radio interference on Moonjock immediately make clear, having returned as a four piece, Animal Collective have made their most widescreen and fully realized music to date.

Part of the inspiration for Centipede Hz included the band’s memories of growing up listening to station announcements and commercials on the radio and imagining the afterlife of radio signals from the past, forgotten transmissions that are now lost in space and broadcasting music from other planets for other life forms. This is reflected in the sound of Centipede Hz, which features the white noise of radio interference and buried frequencies overlaid with the band’s peerless melodic sensibilities and compositional methods. The result is a panoramic set of songs that shimmer with the confidence and wonder of Animal Collective’s unique inner logic and the luminous warmth of their sound world.

If you’d like a copy, email and come up with a rationale for the album’s title: Centipede Hz.

One Super Prize Pack From The Medics (CDs, T-Shirt):

Music is at its best when it’s unpredictable. When it comes packed with surprises, the unexpected. Truly great music has always been about challenging convention, the ‘didn’t see that coming’ moment. It’s a tradition that’s at the heart of The Medics – as both people and as artists. It’s a sound that is all over the band’s stunning debut album Foundations [Footstomp/Warner] as featured on triple j and includes the singles Griffin, Joseph and Beggars.

The band’s story started in Cairns, far north Queensland and has seen their emergence as one of Australia's most genuinely exciting new bands performing at Splendour in the Grass, Big Day Out, Laneway, Groovin the Moo, Woodford and The Dreaming Festivals.

Currently touring and visiting Transit Bar on Thursday September 27, The Medics have thrown us a copy of both their releases and a t-shirt. If you want to win them, email and tell him what you would prescribe a band lacking imagination.

Five Copies Of ‘The Raid’ (DVD/Blu-ray):

In the Jakarta slums, a derelict apartment building has become a no-go area – even the police are unwilling to enter. It has become a safe-house for the most dangerous killers and gangsters. A SWAT team infiltrate the building, under the cover of darkness, to remove its owner – a notorious drug lord named Tama.

But that’s much more plot than you really need. What you really need to know is a building full of raw thugs gets fucked up and down for 90 minutes.

If you want copy, email and make a case for the single greatest action sequence in film history.

Three Copies Of ‘Man vs. Food: Season 1 & 2 Collection’ (DVD):

Get ready to stuff yourself as host Adam Richman indulges his long-time passion for food with a culinary quest across the nation. For Adam, food is not just about taste; it's a competition. The bigger, the spicier, the faster to eat... the better! Whether he's devouring the Sasquatch Burger in Memphis, Atomic Hot Wings in Pittsburgh or a 13-pound pizza in Atlanta, Adam digs in with zeal, becoming our epicurean guide to gastronomic adventure and performer of foodie feats.

If you want to watch this man eat himself into an early grave and simultaneously find yourself unable to resist envying his awesome job, email with an Australian challenge you would submit to Man vs. Food.

Five Double Passes To Cate Shortland’s (Somersault) New Film ‘Lore’:

Australian director Cate Shortland’s prodigious talent, so clearly evident in her earlier film Somersault, is fully realised in her magnificent new film, Lore, set in the dying days of World War II in Nazi Germany and based on the book The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert. The film was in competition at this year’s Sydney Film Festival, won the Audience Award at the recent Locarno Film Festival and has been selected for the upcoming Toronto International Film Festivals.

Lore is set in Germany the spring of Spring 1945. As the German resistance collapses and Allied forces sweep across the Motherland, five children embark on a journey which will challenge every notion we have of family, love and friendship. With their Nazi father and mother imprisoned by American and Russian forces, abandoned to an uncertain fate, Lore takes charge of her younger brothers and sister, guiding them from Bavaria across a devastated country, towards the safety of their grandmother’s house 900km away to the north. On the road, the children struggle to survive the punishing post-war conditions as Lore begins to understand the reality and consequences of her Nazi parent’s actions, their support of Hitler and his disastrous war, their direct knowledge and support of the atrocities of the Holocaust.

We have five double passes to a screening of Lore at Greater Union Manuka on Sunday September 16, 3pm, where Cate Shortland will speak about the film. If you’d like to go, email and name the Canberra location featured in Cate Shortland’s first film.

Five Copies Of ‘The Lady’ (DVD):

Aung San Suu Kyi has battled for most of her life for democracy in her land, Burma. Her father was murdered soon after she was born and she spent most of her adult life under house arrest thanks to a government that would rather not let democracy spread thank you very much. In The Lady, Luc Beeson navigates the minefield of biopic of a freedom fighter in a foreign land. The always-brilliant Michelle Yeoh pulled a Christian Bale and shrunk for the role and David Thewlis ironed his suits and brushed his hair. Thanks to Roadshow we have five copies to giveaway if you can name the Burmese capital.

Five Copies Of ‘Battle Royale’ (DVD/Blu-ray Combo):

Forty-two students, three days, one deserted island: welcome to Battle Royale.

For the modern reader, this is The Hunger Games before some hack writer ripped the concept off and made it really camp and shit.

A group of ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a Battle Royale. The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred (with a few minor rules) game to the death, which means that the students have three days to kill each other until one survives—or they all die. The movie focuses on a few of the students and how they cope. Some decide to play the game like the psychotic Kiriyama or the sexual Mistuko, while others like the heroes of the movie—Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada—are trying to find a way to get off the island without violence. However, as the numbers dwell down lower and lower on an hourly basis, is there any way for Shuya and his classmates to survive?

If you want a copy of the DVD/Blu-ray combo pack, email and tell him about that kid from high school or college who you really wouldn’t mind killing in a battle royale.

Five Copies of Boardwalk Empire – The Complete Second Season (DVD):

Atlantic City, 1921. In a city whose fortunes have soared in the wake of Prohibition, Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) is paying a steep price for wielding ultimate power in ‘the world's playground.’ Though the 1920 election is over, Nucky finds himself the target of a federal investigation for vote tampering - and an insurrection by those he counted among his closest allies.

Steve Buscemi stars in the hit drama series that charts the continued rise of organized crime at the dawn of the Prohibition. Taking the relationships that were developed in Season One, Boardwalk Empire raises the stakes for just about everyone in Season Two. Nucky Thompson and Michael Pitt (as his surrogate son and primary enforcer) form a mentor/student bond to outright rivals. Major characters are forced to align themselves on one side or the other. And this power struggle brings new depth, new cunning, new betrayal, and new ambitions to the surface in a variety of ways.

If you want a copy of some of the best television to air in 2012, email and make a case for the best film/series set in the Prohibition era.

Five Copies Of Men in Black 3 (Blu-ray):

Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back... in time.

Whaaaaaaaaaaat? Saving the planet is hard work. Lord knows Sarah Connor had her issues. But when Agent K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him – secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind. Time travelling alien cops? Why not.

Universal/Sony have kindly supplied us with five Blu-ray copies of Men In Black 3 to giveaway if you can tell us which one Will Smith was: Jazzy Jeff or the Fresh Prince?



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