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Friday the 14th – It’s all about film…

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

If you’re a lover of independent film then this week is your week to step into the inner west for a special treat or two. Max Black is proud to be a part of these two great (and LOCAL) film events…

 


 

1557138_554591184669661_3221973565837278717_oStarting From Now – Series 3 Launch

This six part online drama follows the entangled and messy lives of four strong, lesbian women in Sydney.  Starring Bianca Bradey, Sarah de Possesse, Rosie Lourde, and Lauren Orrell.  Created and directed by award winning film maker and writer, Julie Kalceff.

With over 3 million views on Vimeo (and counting) Starting From Now is one of the most successful queer online series to come of out Australia, and we are so proud it’s local not just to Sydney, but to Newtown! Join the cast, director and writers at the official Series 3 launch.

Doors: 6.30pm – 11.30pm   |   Tickets: $25 + booking fee

Buy: Sticky Tickets  |  Website: www.startingfromnowtv.com

Can’t make it to the launch – download Series 3 from Vimeo On Demand from Friday 14th November at vimeo.com or catch up with the first 2 seasons at www.startingfromnowtv.com/watch/

 


 

evil_girls_2-600x400Love Hard – Screening at Pervfest

LOVE HARD is a work of docu-portraiture from local filmmakers Sensate Films about BDSM and intimacy. In its inquiry into the loves and lives of 5 subjects, it presents unique, articulate, and thoughtful perspectives on how kink can function in our lives – as a practice of art or intimacy, as a mode of expression or release, as an iteration or an obliteration of self, as a way to play, a way to fuck, a way to love, a way to be ordinary.

LOVE HARD + Live Q&A with director Gala Vanting and cast
Doors: 8.30pm/Start 9pm  |  Tickets: $15/$10 + booking fee
Buy: http://www.trybooking.com/110369   |   Website: http://lovehardthefilm.com/

 


 

My Mistress – the Aussie film changing minds and breaking hearts…

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

It’s been a while since Max Black was excited by the premiere of a new Australian film. It seems like its been a while since we’ve seen the sort of challenging, exciting and ultimately entertaining productions that gave us the boom of pictures we rushed to local screens to see in the 90’s. Well that seems to be changing and we couldn’t be more excited about the launch of My Mistress from Transmission Films, in cinemas this week on November 6th.

AFI Award-winning actore Harrison Gilberston (The Turning) stars alongside acclaimed French actress Emmanuelle Beart (Mission Impossible, 8 Women) in the his unconventional and provocative love story in which an infatuation between the vulnerable teenage romantic Charlie and S&M Mistress Maggie soon becomes something more dangerous.

VIEW THE TRAILER HERE: http://youtu.be/aQfzaMrayPg

Director Stephen Lance’s first feature is an unexpected tale of misplaced love. Working with writer Gerard Lee (TVs Top of the Lake), cinematographer Geoffrey Simpson (Shine), Oscar nominated editor Jill Bilcock (Red Dog) and Oscar winning costume designer Angus Strathie (Moulin Rouge), Lance has crafted an impressively bold, sensual and visually captivating debut.

We love the heart in this film, and whilst the emotional strings are regularly plucked it is the sensitive and sometimes genuinely fun treatment of eroticism that contrasts against the angst that Aussie films so often have when dealing with sex. This is a refreshing film by Australian standards and whether or not the idea of mistresses, bdsm or power relationships interests you is well worth the ticket price.

See you at the cinema!

My Mistress is out nationally on November 6th. MY MISTRESS Poster

International Power Exchange Title – Sydney 2014

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Max Black was proud to be a sponsor of the very first International Power Exchange Title to be held in Australia. This remarkable and very sexy event celebrates those relationships that make us feel powerful and invited participation from all corners – gay, hetero, non-identifying, poly-amorous, queer or kinky – as long as the relationship you are in is one where a power exchange takes place.

These kinds of relationships are not unique to Sydney, or indeed Australia, and this event produced by the talented Mistress Tokyo in association with Beyond Leather USA was simply wonderful. Over 150 people packed Newtown’s The Vanguard to see hotter than hot performances and cheer on the relationship entries on stage.

Our heartfelt congratulations to the winner of the Max Black prize, and our biggest Congrats ever to the very first Australian IPE title holders Miss Kit and Pup. You can catch up on the details on their facebook page at : https://www.facebook.com/events/811444422252705/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Below are some of our favourite images from the night. These were photographed by Ann Marie Calilhanna for the Sydney Star Observer. The full gallery can be seen at : http://www.starobserver.com.au/photos/international-power-exchange-title-contest/129103

IPE 6 IPE 7 - Miss Kit & PupIPE 1 - TokyoIPE 3 - Servelan   IPE 4 IPE 5

 

Get Your Read On – New books at MB

Friday, September 5th, 2014

With Spring in the air (the Jasmine is in bloom in Newtown!) now is the perfect time to pick up a sultry new volume and soak in the sunshine along with some sexy inspiration. Our huge book department has grown a little larger this week with these new titles available now:

All of these titles, and few more, are in-store and online now. Visit the New Books section of maxblack.com.au to see all the new volumes.

Living luxury leather : the allure of Petra Dos Santos

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

In an typical historic Berlin flat at the southern end of the Kreuzberg district, the atelier of Petra dos Santos makes its home. A sales floor, showroom and studio workshop all fit under one roof.

Petra Dos Santos

Petra Dos Santos

In 1998 dos Santos, a Stuttgart native, moved from Hamburg to Berlin and made her dream a reality. An exclusive leather workshop has been enriching the ‘city of creatives’ ever since. The metropolis of Berlin has become her great love. “I can no longer imagine moving my business anywhere else.”

Luckily for Australians with an appreciation for fine leather she has recently supplied Max Black in Sydney with an exclusive line of beautifully crafted accessories, including cuffs, blindfolds, collars, floggers and her famous harnesses. So popular is the line that the harnesses sold out within weeks and a new shipment is already in production.

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You may ask why but it only takes a caress or scent of her materials to be quickly convinced by the exceptional quality of her work and her designs.

And while some of her clients come from the fetish and kink communities many more are fashion-conscious trendsetters who cherish truly original leatherwear. Each piece is genuinely made in Berlin from toxin-free European leathers. “I always know exactly where my leather comes from, and that obviously feels much better!” the leather expert explains.

To see what is available in store at MB now please click through to maxblack.com.au or visit us in store to feel, play and experience dos Santos for yourself.

 

School of Kink – Tempt & Tease Update

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Tempt and Ttease - Product Image - School of Kink

The School of Kink is back in session next week with Tempt & Tease – Sensual Play however if you were hoping for a ticket we are now SOLD OUT! thanks to everyone who was lucky enough to get one fo the 16 places.

If you missed out – don’t worry! We’ll be bringing Tempt & Tease back soon – email us at info@maxxxblack.com if you’d like us to let you know when tickets go on sale.

MB featured on über blog couturelingerie.com.au

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

It’s no secret that Max Black has a thing for latex, and of late we’ve been developing a taste for the world’s finest lingerie too. So it’s not a surprise to our loyal fans that we’ve partnered with Berlin brilliance Tres Bonjour to bring their incredibly hot latex lingerie to Sydney – and it was one of the stand-out favourites at our Peekaboo Fashion Launch in May.

What has come as a surprise is the wonderful article our new lingerie and latex pieces helped to inspire at lingerie magazine www.couturelingerie.com.au.

The beautiful Pixie popped into MB a couple of weeks ago to run her very respected eye over our collection and introduce MB to the Couture Lingerie world. It’s a lovely article and we can only thankPixie from the bottom of our hot little hearts for the post – we love you Pixie!

See the article for yourself here and make sure you click around if lingerie is your thing – you’ll love it!

Meet Cyndi Darnell – sex therapist, teacher, lover…

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

This July Max Black will be hosting the charming Cyndi Darnell for three new workshops, put together just for MB. So we thought you might like to know more about this Melbourne-based counsellor, author and educator before tickets to her workshops sell out…

The Counsellor

Cyndi is, first and foremost, a sex therapist and relationship counsellor with clients stretching far beyond her Melbourne abode. With over 20 years experience studying human sexuality here unique perspectives are the result of her very broad range of study – everything from the clinical (her qualifications include a Masters of Health Science) to the esoteric (Sexological Bodywork and Tantra).

Working with couples and individuals Cyndi aims to help clients build a sex-positive lifestyle that is a full expression of our very sensual potential.

I have always been a pleasure enthusiast. For as far back as I can remember, my fascination with pleasure and sexuality has been part of my identity. Having travelled the world extensively in my 20s in the pursuit of self-knowledge and then my 30s exploring more introspective wonders and delights, I have come to embrace the understanding that sexuality and pleasure is not something separate from our lives, but part of our lives as a pathway to genuine wholeness, contentment and wellbeing.

Cyndi Darnell at Max BlackThe Media

Cyndi’s educational and therapeutic skills have been seen and heard across Australia on The Project, ABC Radio National, Triple J, JOY 94.9,  SMH, Cosmopolitan, Time Out and both Australian Women’s & Mens’ Health mags (among other publications).

The extraordinary Catherine Deveny is a huge supporter of her work and together they made a series of free-to-air educational podcasts about sex, pleasure and the human condition.

Cyndi was also the founder and creator of Pleasure Forum Australia , ( spanning 4 years from 2010-2013) an unfunded and independent monthly adult-to-adult sex education program where the emphasis was on pleasure and practical education, not sleaze and clinical theory.

 

The Educator

In addition to the Pleasure Forum, Cyndi has become a sought-after educator in all things sexuality-related. Her Melbourne seminars are always sold out early and Max Black is thrilled to be able to bring Cyndi to Sydney this year.

Her comprehensive and entertaining workshops on adult sexuality, pleasure, anatomy and relationships help to demystify sex and put the emphasis on pleasure (that’s what we love!). She has worked closely with some of the world’s leaders in sex-positivity including a past MB workshop favourite, author and film maker Tristan Taormino.

We love Cydni’s light and effervescent approach to education and her rather wonderful ability to bridge the world of sex from many perspectives. That’s why Max Black is proud to be presenting Cyndi in 3 workshop presentations this July…

 

Click the links above to read more about Cyndi’s new workshops and for details about tickets.

Thank You

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Last Night over 100 guests filled Max Black to the brim with fashionista fierceness as we launched not one but 5 European lingerie labels in Sydney. Beyond how beautiful and amazing our team, the guests, the performers and the fashion were – we felt the love and now we’d like to send a little back out into the world.

Such a successful night would not have been possible without the kindness, hard work and pure creativity of some brilliant people. Our heartfelt thanks go out to:

Bruce & Sonya at Max Black – for everything!

Shana Quinn – for the music

Robbi Frew – for everything media

Rosie Wells – back stage craziness

Kent Johnson – Sydney Street Fashion

Balder Skanstrom-Bo – Photog Extraordinaire

Our Naughty Bag partners:

Neil Duckett at Two Ducks

Sugar & Sas  |  Windsor Australia

The Models & Performers: Frankie Faux  |  Bella Louche   |  Memphis Mae

Our MC and super glam host: Angie Demaskau

And of course our new lingerie partners:

Tres Bonjour

Something Wicked

Lascivious

Fleur of England

Maison Close

 

The night would not have been possible without the efforts of these amazing individuals so click, search and support them please (we certainly will be).

 

XX Max

New Event – Peekaboo Lingerie Launch

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Peekaboo - Ticket Listing ImageJoin us for the sexiest fashion launch of 2014 as Max Black debuts the Australian collection for not one but FIVE of Europe’s most sought after lingerie labels:

~ Maison Close (Paris)
~ Tres Bonjour (Berlin)
~ Lascivious (London)
~ Fleur of England (London)
~ Something Wicked (Leeds)

The incredible Memphis Mae, Franki Faux and Bella Louche will be showcasing the latest lines from each label throughout the night in addition to giving us a sizzling performance each.

 

Every ticket includes:

  • Fun Goody Bag
  • VIP offers in store
  • Hot Live Performance
  • Champagne & Canape Service
  • Sexy Surprises

There will also be glamorous door prizes to be won by guests on the night.

To find out more about the event check out facebook page or visit www.maxblack.com.au