GIVEAWAY: 5 double passes to Brooklyn, based on a novel by Colm Tóibín

GIVEAWAY: 5 double passes to Brooklyn, based on a novel by Colm Tóibín

Brooklyn (Film poster - Australia)Leave a comment for a chance to win a double pass to see the film anywhere in Australia. Entries close Feb 11, 2016 AEST. 

Opening in cinemas on February 11th, Brooklyn follows Eilis (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish woman who leaves her small town in Ireland hoping for a bright future in 1950s Brooklyn. Despite her homesickness she falls in love with Tony, an Italian-American who opens her eyes to her new surroundings. But a family tragedy leads Eilis back to Ifeland, and she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

As our followers on Twitter might know, Rudi, Gabby and I will be attending the RT Convention in Las Vegas this year. As part of that trip, I’ll be taking some side trips to Seattle, Portland and New York.

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment recommending one thing that I should do/see/eat in any of those cities and why. You can enter multiple times, but only 1 recommendation per comment, please.

By entering, you agree to the following terms: 1. The email address you enter in the comment form must be valid for your entry to be valid. 2. You give me permission to pass on the email address, if you win, to the publicist providing the tickets (Kabuku). 3. You will provide an Australian postal address to the publicist if you win. 4. If you don’t respond to the email within 7 days, the prize may withdrawn. 5. Entries close 11:59pm AEST, Feb 11, 2106. 6. We’ll pick 5 winners based on our favourite comments. Each winner will received a double movie pass to see Brooklyn, which can be used while the film is showing in cinemas.

Check out the trailer below. Also, can I just say that I LOVE listening to Colm Tóibín talk about books, especially when he talks about how wonderful Jane Austen is!

Looking forward to reading all your touristy suggestions for our trip!


  1. Jennifer B. says:

    In Portland, take an introductory class into the fascinating craft of fusing glass. Take a plate home as a memento of your trip!

  2. Jennifer B. says:

    Skip the freeways and catch the Coast Starlight train (not the regular commuter train) between Seattle and Portland (and beyond.) Find seats in the unallocated carriage with the National Parks commentator for a scenic and informative ride!

    • Kat says:

      The Coast Starlight is actually how I plan to travel between Seattle and Portland. I’ve never caught a train the US before, so it’s going to be a new experience, for sure. Thanks!

  3. Jennifer B. says:

    Portland is the home of food trucks! There are four sides around a whole city block around SW 10th and SW Washington Streets. Enjoy food from every cuisine imaginable!

      • Jennifer B. says:

        I tried the “Grilled Cheese Grill” downtown at 540 SW 10th Ave and risked The Cheesus for an authentic American meal. An enormous burger that uses two roasted cheese sandwiches instead of a bun!
        I read about them in a food truck recipe book I bought at the Portland Art Museum’s excellent gift shop, so had to give them a go!

  4. Jennifer B. says:

    Starbucks may have started in Seattle but THE best coffee (and breakfast waffles) we found was at the hip cafe attached to The Moore Hotel, 1926 2nd Ave – a cheap and cheerful no-frills 2-star close to the water and the downtown shops, with a variety of rooms and VERY comfy beds.

  5. Rod Leonarder says:

    Locate a quality second hand bookshop that doubles as a coffee shop with real books to read while you enjoy a good Italian coffee. If none are available, substitute the cafe for a wine bar with good reds.

      • Jennifer B. says:

        Then you’re set with POWELL’S BOOKS – the largest independent new and used bookstore IN THE WORLD! Located on a whole city block between NW 10th and 11th Avenues and between W. Burnside and NW Couch Streets in Portland.
        It has a good cafe in one corner of the ground floor (just avoid the Americano) and you can take books there to browse.
        Rare books costing $1000’s, everyday books and a few good souvenirs too. I found the last copy of an art book I couldn’t buy here ON SPECIAL there but could never find my way out!

  6. Adele says:

    Portland means you need to go to Powell’s City of Books. The biggest new and used bookstore in the world. This magical place takes up an entire city block – 6800 square feet and 3500 sections.

  7. Kaetrin says:

    No need to enter me in the giveaway, but in Seattle, see if you can do the walking tour where they tell you about the underground city. It’s fascinating. The short version is that they built Seattle over the top of another Seattle because reasons.

  8. Nomes says:

    I have actually heard the best things about the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame that is in Seattle.

    It has all things Sci Fi and popular culture (Doctor Who, Star Wrs, Star Trek, Princess Bride, Labyrinth, Henson’s notebooks, all kinds of props from all kinds of movies, etc). Also has holographic hall of fame and some kind of indoor monorail.

    Of course, depends if you’re heaps sci-fi/movie-ish, but I know I would definitely love to go there one day — and my kids would too!

    Did that museum link work? *shrugs*

    here’s also a link to the trip advisor about it

    I heard about the museum from a friend of mine who lives in Seattle. She says they always take every visitor who comes to stay there and they always love it.

    Good luck planning your trip! It sounds seriously awesome

    • Nomes says:

      Haha, no idea what I did there but somewhere in the embedded text are two separate links! one to the museum site (which includes the featured exhibitions and upcoming exhibits). and the other was reviews on trip advisor.

  9. Sophie says:

    If you’re into this sort of thing – the Stratophere Casino is a bit away from the strip and you can do a controlled free fall from 100 floors up – it sounds AMAZING.

  10. Suzie says:

    New York, I need you to go to Lady Liberty and tell me exactly what she is looking at. I can’t tell you why, though, as that’s a state secret.

  11. Kat says:

    Congratulations to our winners Jennifer B, Nomes, Sophie, Tracey and Viv! Please check your inbox for details on how to claim your double pass to Brooklyn. I hope you enjoy the film!

    Thank you also to everyone who entered and commented — I’m SO EXCITED to get through as many of your suggestions as I can!

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