iPR's JOvanka Ristich at Wimbledon

We don’t like to celebrity name drop but …………..

Written by: Jovanka Ristich
Date: 17th September 2013

We don’t like to celebrity name drop but ………

then again why not?

Work more often than not can be more about the long hours, even longer in boxes, short deadlines and increasing demands shackled to diminishing resources.

However, just when you’re about to throw in the towel, occasions arise when we’re able to exchange our keypads for shoulder pads and get all starry-eyed working with interesting personalities and celebrities, as well as attending glamorous parties and events.

So, rather than belly aching about the downside of work, here are some spirit-lifting highlights:

 

Let’s start with Hollywood A-lister Clive Owen who filmed The Boys Are Back in South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. The movie provided us with the opportunity to organise and attend a private screening of the movie at Soho House as well as to meet the man himself. I must admit, I’m not one to ask for autographs but on this one occasion, smelling salts in hand, I did just that.

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Novak Djokovic’s inaugural fund raising gala dinner in London was an ace occasion attracting big names like Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson, Naomi Campbell, Gerard Butler and Jonathan Ross, as well as our own Stevan Popovich. He’s seen here rubbing tennis elbows with the glitterati, yet he still had time to take this short film – featuring a hilarious tennis match between Boris Becker and Novak Djokovic, compered by Jonathan Ross.

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Talking of tennis, Jacob’s Creek being the official wine of Wimbledon has provided some great opportunities to both drink some wonderful wine as well as watch some great tennis – a win, win situation.

iPR's JOvanka Ristich at Wimbledon

And it’s not racket sports we are predisposed to, we also have a soft spot for bats, the cricketing kind and the Ashes always provide the perfect opportunity to host a South Australian wine tasting event, on this occasion within Lord’s hallowed Members’ Enclosure – a great way to draw attention to the action which will take place in the Adelaide Oval in December.

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Sir Ian Botham may be one of England’s most famous cricketers, but these days he is also renowned for his charity work, wine making skills and love of deep sea fishing – did you know he owns a vineyard in South Australia which is bottled under the label BMW? But it was Beefy’s love of deep sea fishing that gave us the idea to invite him and his son Liam to experience this adrenalin charged sport in Australia, which included relaxing on terra firma in the luxury resorts of qualia and Southern Ocean Lodge: Botham’s Deep Sea Fishing Tour of Oz

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Charlie Brooker and his wife Konnie Huq also took to the water in South Australia, though they preferred to dive under the H2O during a two-night live aboard safari from Port Lincoln. Brooker dives into South Australia

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DJ Simon Bates reacted enthusiastically to our idea of broadcasting his flagship Smooth Radio Breakfast Show live, daily for the entire week from South Australia. Afterall, we could cater for many of his interests – cricket, wine, wildlife and horse riding. And, despite this being a very challenging proposition to turn into reality, his entire team at Smooth Radio were wonderful to work with and the whole broadcast went off without a hitch. In the end we saw Simon broadcast from The Adelaide Oval on the Monday, The Barossa on Tuesday, Kangaroo Island on Wednesday, the Outback’s Prairie Hotel on Thursday and Adelaide Central Market on the Friday. The whole project was a huge success. Making Tracks Down Under

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Kathy Lette is someone else who was happy to jump into Australian waters – later claiming that she didn’t realise how much fun she could have in school until she started swimming with tuna! Lette’s Brush with Great Whites

Kathy also attended South Australia’s rebranding event along with Dame Edna Everage in her guise as Barry Humphries.

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Sian Lloyd is one of life’s charming and gracious individuals and it’s always a delight working with her. A recent cross continental train journey was the inspiration for her last trip: Sian’s Gourmet Ghan Experience

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And so our list goes on………

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And there to have it, a splattering of actors, sportsmen, cooks, presenters and authors and some beautiful venues break up the routine to provide some memorable highlights. It can’t all be bad.

So next time when our emails go unanswered, messages unreturned and we’re burning the midnight oil, we might just re-read this blog and remind ourselves why it is we do this.