From gigolos and virgins to surfing classics, a dash of opera and gender bending, there’s plenty of original theatre – capped off with a Star Wars binge
FADING GIGOLO (M) Arts Centre Gold Coast, Palace Byron Bay, Murwillumbah
John Turturro writes, directs and stars in this comedy as a man who decides to become a professional Don Juan to help Murray (Woody Allen), a cashstrapped New York City book store owner. Also starring Sofia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schreiber and Sharon Stone.
YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL (R18+)
This coming-of-age tale by renowned French director Francois Ozon is set over four seasons and four songs, as it chronicles the sexual awakening and journey of 17year-old Isabelle (Marine Vacth), who takes up life as a call girl after losing her virginity.
A screening of the New York Metropolitan opera La Boheme, starring Anita Hartig and Vittorio Grigolo. Giacomo Puccini’s moving story of young love is the most performed opera in Met history. Conductor: Stefano Ranzani, production: Franco Zeffirelli. Shows Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday.
52 TUESDAYS (MA)
Filmed each Tuesday over the course of a year, this focuses on 16-year-old Billie (Tilda Cobham-Hervey), who learns her mum (Del Herbert-Jane) has adopted the name James and decided to become a man. The movie is directed by Australian documentary maker Sophie Hyde in her feature film debut.
SPIRIT OF AKASHA
A national tribute to cult classic surf film Morning of the Earth starring surfing champs Stephanie Gilmore, Beau Young, Mick Fanning, Kelly Slater and Tom Curren. Produced by noted Australian filmmaker Andrew Kidman,
Spirit of Akasha is driven by narrative and music. Shot in Australia, Hawaii, Indonesia and Thailand. Shows Sunday Monday and Tuesday.
STAR WARS MAY THE 4TH MOVIE MARATHON
All six of the epic space saga films will screen to celebrate International Star Wars Day. Movies 1-3 show Saturday from 12.30pm and 4-6 Sunday from 12.30pm. May the 4th be with you.
Surfing film Spirit of Akasha
stars Woody Allen and Vanessa Paradis