Friends of Overland

Proud Sponsors of the 2012 Subscriberthon

Video Dogs stocks the finest range of DVDs in Australia to rent or buy, from classic Hollywood to the European auteurs, from silent-era masterpieces to the cutting-edge cinema of the 21st century. A Melbourne institution since the salad days of videotape, we now mail out to the entire country. In a dull, mediocre world, thank the video god for Video Dogs.

Subscriberthon sponsor: Rooftop Cinema

Rooftop Cinema is a cinema on a roof in the heart of Melbourne. Owned and operated by a sharp team of creative minds, Rooftop Cinema is committed to showcasing arthouse, classic and recent release films in a completely unique urban environment.

Subscriberthon sponsor: Fitzroy Revolution

The Fitzroy Revolution supports people who live for riding. We offer professional service and advice to assist you in making informed decisions. We provide the link between innovation, ever present in the world of cycling, and you the cyclist. Every cyclist needs a good shop – a place to get a fix, find new steeds, or congregate in a space devoted to two-wheeled worship. Step inside The Fitzroy Revolution and check us out.

Mag Nation are magazine specialists. We also serve amazing coffee as part of our browse and relax philosophy. We stock over 4,000 magazine titles. We bring in the widest range of air freight magazines of anyone in this space. We are dedicated to niche magazines as well as the more popular main stream titles. Our stores are free wireless zones. You ask and we do. You can purchase subscriptions and gift vouchers from us.




Wide Open Road is a cafe and a micro coffee Roaster in Brunswick. We are serious about what we do and endeavour to provide exceptional, coffee, food and service. We roast our own coffee on site, and are therefore able to control quality from bean to cup.

Kino Cinema, a Palace Cinemas partner, features new state of the art cinemas, wine and espresso bar. The Kino continues to offer Melbourne the best selection of local and international feature films and documentaries. Throughout the year we present film festival programs, retrospectives and special events such as premieres, forums and Q&As. If you’re a fan of fine films or a dedicated art-house cinema goer then you’ll love Kino Cinemas.

Miss Gertrude brings together a team of stylists and technicians who are impeccably trained to an international standard. Miss Gertrude is located right in the heart of Gertrude Street’s creative bustle, with a side entrance ensuring a discreet experience. Miss Gertrude appreciates her community and the creativity that surrounds her. And with equal commitment to contemporary fashion and sustainability, Miss Gertrude is a very modern hair salon.


Writers Victoria supports and connects writers. We understand that writing can be an isolated pursuit and our programs are built around a clear need to create a community for writers. These include a range of courses, various publications and the provision of advice through our staff, magazine, weekly enews and website.

ACMI is a unique institution at Federation Square that celebrates, explores and promotes the cultural and creative richness of the moving image in all its forms. ACMI membership provides ongoing benefits including free film and exhibition tickets, discounted parking, regular preview screening & tour invitations, plus discounts and benefits with retail & cultural partners.



Faster Pussycat is fueled by a love of 1950s rocker style and 80s punk aesthetics. We sell men’s, women’s and kid’s clothes, shoes, accessories, homewares & books. For 17 years we’ve been all about kustom cars & bikes, pinup gals, burlesque & roller derby, tattoo art and the coollest of pop culture.

Blue Dog Posters is Australia’s local source for the latest, greatest and coolest posters from a wide range of genres. Fast shipping from Sydney, Australia.


Avenue Bookstore is one of Australia’s best independent bookshops. It opened in 1986, and is located in the heart of Albert Park village with a second store set to open in Elsternwick next month. Avenue booksellers are great readers who love a challenge: special gifts, obscure titles, personalised picks or book club recommendations are all in a day’s work! We continue to be a favourite local meeting place, as well as a destination store for book lovers across Melbourne and beyond.

The Movie Reel is an independent movie rental store specialising in Arthouse, Cult, Foreign, Classic and hard to find titles. We’re at 69 High St Westgarth 3070

The Toff in Town is a rich, multi layered venue: its premier boutique live performance space hosts the full spectrum of Australian and international performing arts and transforms into a dedicated nightclub, featuring local and international DJs, on the weekends. The bar is fitted out with unique train carriage style booths down the middle, which can be reserved for private dining. The Carriage room is entertained by Melbourne’s best local DJs seven nights a week, to accompany the late night supper dining, with restaurant Choo Choo’s authentic Thai menu designed to be shared banquet style.

Cookie is located on the first floor of historic Curtin House in Melbourne’s CBD, a multi dimensional space, where one can dine, flirt, sip and reminisce. The massive marble bar with over 200 bottled beers & 24 beers on tap, and an impressive 70 page wine list offer infinitive choice to cool the heat from the kitchen. The Thai menu, created by head chef Karen Batson, has won countless awards and boasts regional and family favourites that have been taken past the staid concepts of Thai food. Cookie’s sophistication, with its vast space and soaring high ceilings, effortlessly combine Thai food with its mantra of being a Beer Hall, Eating House and Disco

Revolver Upstairs was established in 1997 in a former parachute factory atop a staircase, and is today one of Melbourne’s most iconic multi-arts venues. Located on Prahran’s vibrant Chapel Street, it incorporates live music, a nightclub, an exhibition space and a Thai restaurant. The décor is held in 70s oranges and browns, with plenty of comfy couches to sink in to. The affordable food menu, created by renowned head chef Karen Batson combines traditional Thai cuisine with a cheeky American diner aesthetic.

Northside records has been serving up SOUL for Melbourne for ten years: be that hip hop, funk, electronica, turkish psych, jazzzzz, african music, disco and more of the goodness. With records coming fresh daily Northside’s got CDs and new and second hand vinyl to give you what you want and need.

Gleebooks has been Australia’s favourite independent bookshop for over 30 years. Online from 1996. Five Sydney bookstores; four times Australian Bookseller of the Year: 1995, 1997, 1999 & 2000. ABIA 2008 Australian Independent Bookseller of the Year.

Commuter Cycles is a bike workshop dedicated to everyday cyclists. Fixing bikes is what we do. If you love your bike, and ride it to get from A to B, Commuter Cycles is your bike shop. We offer tailored servicing and repairs, reliable accessories and good value replacement parts. We take great pride in our workmanship and think bright lights, panniers and mudguards are cool. At Commuter Cycles, the workshop is the shop, so you deal with the same people who look after your bike.

Avid Reader is Brisbane’s best indie bookstore and cafe, always stocking books, literary journals gifts, CDs and DVDs you won’t find anywhere else! Our jam-packed events series is like a writers festival every week, so you’re always bound to bump into a writer.

Imprints Booksellers has been the cultural cornerstone of Adelaide’s West End since opening in 1984. The quintessential modern Australian bookshop, Imprints carries an eclectic range of books by local, national and international authors. Whether you’re after a good read for your weekend away or a great gift for your bookish friend, you’ll find it at Imprints.
Drop by any time for a browse, and if you’re looking for something specific, let us know. If it’s not on the shelf, and is still in print, we can order it for you.

The Searchers is a record/bookshop located near the corner of Smith & Gertrude Street in Fitzroy, Melbourne. We stock a wide range of books & records for most styles & budgets, with a quality mix of fiction & nonfiction with an extensive collection of art, film & music related books. With thousands of records in stock, ranging from the highly collectable right down to budget $2 & $4 crates, you are bound to find something to satisfy your interests. We also buy quality books & records.

Porter’s Paints offers clients unique products for interiors and exteriors. Our traditional and modern paint finishes are all water-based, durable, easy to apply and made by hand. While larger companies in the paint industry are constantly seeking to cut costs through cheapening formulations, Porter’s Paints has never wavered from using only the finest raw materials. Instead of mass-production through cheaper (often harmful) materials, Porter’s Paints continues to make and check each and every batch of paint itself, thereby guaranteeing superior finish, depth and accuracy of colour.

Jasper Coffee is a group of people passionate about coffee. We are an Australian owned company, directed by Wells Trenfield and Merilyn Parker and established in Melbourne 1989. Our business is built on quality product. Comparing the unique varietal characteristics of our coffees at our cupping bench is the source of our passion and the driver of our endeavour.The buzz begins at our Roastery in Collingwood. Here we roast daily and run our Barista training sessions. We operate three Caffeine Dealer retail concept stores in Fitzroy, Prahran Market & Chadstone Shopping Centre.

Hill of Content offers a broad and discerning range of books – published locally and overseas – in a pleasant browsing environment. We pride ourselves on our friendly and personalised customer service, including an efficient special order service and free gift wrapping.

Brunswick Bound is an independent bookstore in the heart of Sydney Road, Brunswick. Stocking an eclectic range of books, music (cds & vinyl), stationery and jewellery/gifts. There is always something different to be found on our shelves.
Upstairs is a light filled gallery space which features bi-monthly exhibitions of Melbourne artists. Nestled in the corner of the exhibition space is a selection of secondhand books and zines/selfpublished books. If you are after a book we don’t have, please ask, we are more than happy to order items if they are available.

Gould’s Book Arcade specialises in out of print books, publishers remainders of the last 30 years, and second hand books, catering to the general reader, students and some specialist areas. Australian history and politics and Australiana are the main specialty areas. The collection on labor movement and left-wing politics is the broadest in Australia, and stands up well by international standards, covering Australia but also other countries. The Art collection contains thousands of books. There are big sections on Military History, Poetry, Plays, Fiction, Movies, Science, Philosophy, and all areas of human interest and endeavour.

Dendy Cinema has screened the best in quality cinema across the east coast of Australia for over thirty years.  As well as its core film programming, the company is also home to a vibrant arts program of opera, theatre and ballet productions from some of the world’s finest companies. Partnerships with some of the country’s most exciting film festivals showcase a range of exclusive content, while the company’s sponsorship of events such as the Sydney Film Festival’s Dendy Awards, Tropfest, and NIDA Week help support the local filmmaking community.

Egg Records With two stores located in both Sydney and Brisbane, Egg Records is a great place to find the latest new and used CDs, LPs, DVD and MEMORABILIA. We also buy and trade at the best prices around. We started Egg Records in 2000 in a small store in Newtown but moved to a bigger store a few doors up where we are still today. In 2002 we opened our store in Brisbane keeping the same ideas that we have in Newtown.
Our aim is to offer our customers an experience of sights and sounds that you cannot get anywhere else

Better Read Than Dead has been recognised many times for its commitment to its customers including an Excellence in Customer Service Award, an Outstanding Retailer of the Year and the People’s Choice Award ‘Newtown Times Retailer of the Year’. Before we were four years old, we were awarded the street’s highest accolade, ‘Business of the Year’. We are also tickled pink to be named by Lonely Planet as their “favourite Sydney Bookshop”.  Our staff’s outside work interests include: music, theatre and stagecraft, history, cultural studies, philosophy, children’s education and international commerce.

Kobo is inspired by a ‘Read Freely’ philosophy and a passion for innovation, and is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services. Read Freely stems from Kobo’s belief that consumers should have the freedom to read any book, anytime, anyplace – and on any device. As a result, Kobo has attracted millions of readers from more than 170 countries and features one of the world’s largest eReading catalogues with over 2.5 million eBook, newspaper and magazine titles.
As technology continues to push the envelope and break down geographic borders, Kobo believes that reading no longer has to be an isolated activity.

Tiamo is renowned by Melbournians as one of Carlton’s finest food and coffee venues. A family-run venture, this restaurant is the success story of in-laws working together to create quintessential and contemporary Italian food. It is synonymous with traditional Italian cuisine on iconic Lygon Street.

CERES (the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies) is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne. It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.
Built on a decommissioned rubbish tip that was once a bluestone quarry, today CERES is a vibrant eco-oasis.

Cinema Nova offers the very best in new release arthouse films together with upmarket commercial releases, regular special film events and festivals, all in a warm, intimate environment of architecturally challenging design.
Nova had its beginnings as a twin arthouse cinema when it opened in August 1992 and has been expanding in size and diversity ever since. In 2004 three more screens opened including Melbourne’s first purely digital cinema screen. In 2010, just in time for Cinema Nova’s 18th birthday, a further 4 screens were added bringing the total to 15 auditoria. After extensive renovations in 2011, Cinema Nova introduced the Nova Bar.

The Sun originally opened in 1938 and was a single screen 1050 seat cinema – the most luxurious in the area. Most Saturday’s were fully booked at the Sun; both a booking office and ticket counter were used to handle the large crowds. The SUN BOOKSHOP was the original candy bar. Today we seat only 660 over 6 boutique cinemas, but, we still think our foyer gets mighty busy. The large auditorium has been divided into 4 cinemas and another 2 cinemas have recently been added to some land at the rear. Six stunning cinemas, all detailed in the art deco style, many with original details are now open to the public and screening the latest new release films.

Scribe marked its 35th year as a home-grown, wholly independent trade-publishing house in 2011. What started off in 1976 as a desire on publisher Henry Rosenbloom’s part to publish ‘serious non-fiction’ on a limited scale has turned into a company with over a dozen staff members and two scouts that publishes 60–65 non-fiction and fiction titles a year. We spend each day sifting through submissions and manuscripts from around the world, and commissioning and editing local titles, in an uncompromising pursuit of the best books we can find, help create, and deliver to readers.
We love what we do, and we hope you will too.

Subscriberthon sponsor: Affirm Press

Affirm Press is a Melbourne-based publishing company committed to publishing books that have a positive impact on the community and that influence by delight.
When it comes to fiction, we want to publish new and under-published authors – in any genre – and distinguish ourselves through our editorial commitment. We’re interested in building relationships, not one-offs. We’ll stretch friendships to get the best results, but never break them.

Subscriberthon sponsor: Arcade Publishing

Arcade is now an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing. Skyhorse is delighted to continue the incredible work done by Richard and Jeannette Seaver in their years of discovering, publishing, and promoting new and brilliant voices in literature from around the world. Here you will find giants such as Samuel Beckett, E. M. Cioran, and Leo Tolstoy, alongside newer voices such as Andreï Makine, Mo Yan, and Ismail Kadare.
With each new list, we strive to bring new life to classics from the Arcade backlist, as well as introduce new authors and works in literature, history, politics, and more to join their ranks.

Black Inc. is an independent Melbourne-based publisher of literary non-fiction, fiction and poetry. We also publish the Quarterly Essay.

MUP became Melbourne University Publishing Ltd in 2003, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Melbourne. Melbourne University Publishing Ltd inherits the proud 80-year history of Melbourne University Press, which was founded in 1922. MUP publishes approximately 80 books and electronic products each year over a wide range of subject areas and disciplines, and maintains a backlist of some 350 titles.

Pan Macmillan is a major Australian publisher and distributor with brilliant authors and books.

Text is a publisher who wants to publish books that make a difference to people’s lives. We believe that reading should be a marvellous experience, that every book you read should somehow change your life if only by a fraction. We publish a very broad range of fiction and non-fiction, international and local, books for adults and young adults.  Lots of our books are award-winners around the world. If you are a writer or an agent and would like to send us your manuscript we would love to consider it. If you are a reader we hope that somewhere on our list you will find the book that makes the world a different place for you.

Melbourne Theatre Company was founded in 1953 and is the oldest professional theatre company in Australia. It is a semi-autonomous department of the University of Melbourne. It is not only Victoria’s major theatre company and one of the major performing arts companies in Australia, but one of the largest theatre companies in the English-speaking world.

Malthouse Theatre is at once a treasured building, a theatre company, a creative site and an engine for change. It is also the imaginative expression of a committed team of artmakers reaching out to an even larger number of local, national and international artists. All are dedicated to an ongoing conversation with audiences of exciting diversity and character.

Meanjin was founded in Brisbane by Clem Christesen (the name, pronounced Mee-an-jin, is derived from an Aboriginal word for the finger of land on which central Brisbane sits) in 1940. It moved to Melbourne in 1945 at the invitation of the University of Melbourne. It currently receives funding from the university, the Literature Fund of the Australia Council for the Arts, CAL and Arts Victoria as well as receiving vital support through subscriptions and other sales. At the beginning of 2008 Meanjin became an imprint of Melbourne University Publishing.

Monsterthreads came about through our passion for illustration and graphics. We were captivated by the highly personal works of talented young illustrators adorning the walls of contemporary art galleries and in illustration journals, and wanted to make them a part of the every day lives of young people.  Our lead products include t-shirts, bags, jewellery, greeting cards and melamine plates.

Subscriberthon sponsor: Readings Books

Readings is an independent retailer of books, music and film, with six shops operating in Melbourne at Carlton, Hawthorn, Malvern, St Kilda, the State Library of Victoria and at the Melbourne Brain Centre in Parkville. We run a lively website, where you can buy ebooks, get the latest news on our blog, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and purchase a range of titles online, with free shipping anywhere in Australia.

Monsieur Truffe has indulged Smith Street with tasty treats since August 2008. Thibault Fregoni loves to share his passion for chocolate. Sourcing only the best (in ethics & flavour) for his handmade treats, all of which can be enjoyed in the café or at home. Alongside our handmade chocolates we have a variety of classic pastries, teas and coffees. Oh … and our hot chocolates are something else!.

Mrs Secondhand was started by Tracey 11 years ago under the name of Melbourne Secondhand Goods in High Street Preston. After one shop and three warehouses moves later, and the business has evolved according to the ever-changing trends. I still have customers shop from me from the early days and always look forward to the new ones I meet. I also have a great team that are now like family and become friends with many of our customers. Mrs.Secondhand online stores sell global and our warehouse store buys and sells localy … it’s a good combination. Just the way we and our customers like it.

My Side of the Mountain Music is the new project from guitarist and songwriter Rebecca Perkins. Lessons are held in a centrally located Brunswick Studio. The focus of a lesson could be help with basic chord construction, musicianship and ear training, reading skills, writing/improvisation or performance. Rebecca has a particular interest in Alt. Country and a foundation in Jazz and Blues music traditions, but is happy to work with students of all ages, in a wide range of styles. She is also keen to support female instrumentalists at all levels. My Side of the Mountain Music- Guitar and Songwriting Tuition for Adventurous Music Makers!

New Matilda is independent journalism at its best. The site has been publishing intelligent coverage of Australian and international politics, media and culture since 2004. You’ll find new stories on the homepage daily.

PBS 106.7FM is an icon of Melbourne’s unique music and arts community. Since 1979, PBS has been a key provider of independent and diverse music. With over 80 specialist music programs ranging from soul to garage to country to jazz, PBS is dedicated to promoting and nurturing music in all its diversity.

Triple R has shaped and inspired the culture of Melbourne. Since its inception as an educational broadcaster in 1976, Triple R has become Australia’s largest community radio station with over 12,000 subscribers and 329,000 listeners per week.

3CR is a dynamic, community hub that has produced radio since 1976. We live in an old rabbit warren of a terrace building in Melbourne that has an exciting new mural by local artists Bindi Cole, Tom Civil and Reko Rennie. 3CR broadcasters present over 120 radio programs every week.
The radio station was established in 1976 to provide a voice for those denied access to the mass media, particularly the working class, women, Indigenous people and community groups.

Kill Your Darlings is a quarterly publication. We publish fresh, clever writing that combines intellect with intrigue. Kill Your Darlings is independent, smart and ridiculously good-looking. Just like you.

The Melbourne Review champions all that is innovative and forward-looking about Melbourne, featuring a combination of young leaders and opinion shapers across fashion, design, architecture, business, politics, the arts, gastronomy and cutting edge fields of research such as biotechnology. In print, online and fully supported by social media platforms, The Melbourne Review stands out for the intelligence, quality and style of its design, editorial and advertising content.

Eureka Street is Australia’s independent, online magazine of politics, theology and the arts, publishing new articles every weekday. Subscribe online now and start receiving your free daily or weekly updates