THIS WEEK’s REVIEW:
WHITELEY from Thursday, May 11th
Directed by Steve Bolger, featuring public, archival and private footage of Brett Whiteley and his family, his work, his letters, plus interviews with his former wife Wendy Julius.
This is a cinematic journey, deep into the life and times of one of Australia’s most awarded, celebrated and iconic artists.
With the crucial cooperation and commentary of Wendy Julius, Whiteley’s longtime partner and mother of their daughter, Arky, this exquisitely structured and lavishly illustrated documentary befits its subject and traces the arc of the life and works of this talented, educated, epically industrious and vigorously productive yet ultimately self-destructive genius, from his birth in 1939, till his untimely death in 1992, at age 53.
If art and Brett Whiteley is of interest to you then this film is a no-brainer. If excellent, entertaining documentary and an intimate peek into the triumphs and tragedies that was the life of this one-of-a-kind Australian talent, then get along and see this film. If a dive into the modern art scene of the 60s, 70’s and 80’s is to your taste, then what are you waiting for? (And don’t forget to check out the trailer!)
RATING: 4.5 out of 5
VICEROY’S HOUSE from Thursday, May 18th
CAST: Hugh Bonnington (Downton Abbey), Gillian Anderson (X Files), Simon Callow, Manish Dayal and Huma Qureshi
SYNOPSIS: It’s the last, tumultuous days of the Indian Raj and, after many years of political and civil unrest, consummate diplomat Lord Louis Mountbatten (Bonnington) and his politically savvy wife Lady Edwina (Anderson) have arrived in New Delhi, to assume the role of Last Viceroy of India. His role is to orchestrate the dignified and peaceful handover of the sprawling subcontinent back to the Indians, after 300 years of British rule and before the place dissolves into violence and political and religious mayhem.
And the immense palace that is the Viceroy’s House, so large “it makes Buckingham Palace look like a cottage” is a metaphor for India herself. There’s an enormous retinue of servants, guards and retainers from all religions and castes and, as national unrest grows, grow unable to keep their differences outside the great house walls.
Into the Viceroy’s House steps Jeet (Dayal), a young Hindu man, to be one of Mountbatten’s new footmen. On his first day he bumps into Aalia (Qureshi), a Muslim girl from his village and for whom he has carried the torch of unrequited love, since looking after her father when he was a guard at the prison where he had been held as a political prisoner after an uprising two years previously. But alas, Aalia has been promised to another, a young Muslim who had been away fighting for the Empire in the war. Their story is likewise a shrink-wrapped version of the end-of-the-Raj tumult.
There’s no secret to how the end of empire looked, in India’s case, and this movie offers a useful summary.
REVIEW: Well structured stories within the bigger story, this film is solid infotainment at its best. No idea from this historical distance if Lord Mountbatten was the great man he’s protrayed by Bonnington, but it is a welcome change to the unprincipled political figures that litter the world on this side of the silver screen.
RATING: 3 out of 5
GET OUT 4/5
|WHITELEY 11/5||ALIEN: COVENANT 11/5|
|WILSON 11/5||VICEROY’S HOUSE 18/5||
THE SENSE OF A ENDING 25/5
RULES DON’T APPLY
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS
|GOING IN STYLE||
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2
|THE COUNTRY DOCTOR||
GHOST IN THE SHELL
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
YOU CAN STILL CATCH:
|HIDDEN FIGURES||THE EAGLE HUNTRESS|
|A STREETCAT NAMED BOB||
LAND OF MINE
SPECIAL / COMING EVENTS:
READING CINEMA, BELMONT:
SNATCHED – Ladies Night screening- Wednesday 6:30pm in Gold Lounge and Standard cinema. A big event with live band, mock tails and giveaways.
TED 2017 GLOBAL HIGHLIGHTS EVENT – events next Wednesday, May 10th, $25 tickets, offering viewers front row seats to exclusive first release talks by some of the world’s leading thinkers and speakers.
LUNA CINEMA PARADISO
SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL – Til May 17 – Celebrating the festival’s 20th edition.
FROM ROSENDO TO ROSENDO: Q&A – Presented by the Embassy of Spain in Canberra
Rosendo Salvado, the Spanish monk who founded the Benedictine abbey of New Norcia in 1846, to Christianise the local Indigenous peoples and create a utopian community there. This documentary commemorates his life through the eyes of a Spanish rock star, also called Rosendo, who follows the steps of the first Rosendo in Australia.
This special screening will be followed by a Q&A with John Kinder, a professor of Italian at the University of Western Australia, and Robert Nixon, composer and organist from the New Norcia Benedictine community.
GREATER UNION CINEMAS
Are you a student, or do you know any students? For a limited time students can get $8 movie tickets every Monday – just show Student ID at the box office.
EVENT INNALOO – Lots of things happening!
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – Special Sing-A-Long Screenings Sat May 6th / Sun May 7th
1pm and 6.30pm sessions
ALIENS – Special re-release screening PLUS 15 minutes of footage from ALIEN COVENANT. Mon May 8th at 6:30pm. All tickets for this screening just $8!
I AM HEATH LEDGER – Limited screenings from Thu May11th
A feature length documentary celebrating the life of Heath Ledger: actor, artist and icon. The documentary provides an intimate look at Heath Ledger through the lens of his own camera as he films and often performs in his own personal journey.