Castaway lovebirds, criminal accountants, Earth-bound spaceships and an ear-tingling heldentenor – strap yourself in for cinema
THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS (M) The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Robina, Coolangatta, Nerang, Tweed City, Harbour Town
In the years following WWI, lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne and his wife Isabel begin their life together on a remote island off the coast of Western Australia. As the only inhabitants of Janus Rock, the couple live a quiet life, blissfully in love and sheltered from the rest of the world. Then one day, a mysterious rowboat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying baby girl. Reeling from a recent loss, Tom and Isabel decide to raise the child as their own, setting off a chain of decisions – some impetuous, others wrenching – that unravel with shattering consequences.
THE ACCOUNTANT (MA) Pacific Fair, Nerang, Tweed City, Harbour Town, Australia Fair
Christian Wolff is a mathematics savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Using a small-town CPA office as a cover, he makes his living as a freelance accountant for dangerous criminal organisations. With a Treasury agent hot on his heels, Wolff takes on a stateof-the-art robotics company as a legitimate client. As he gets closer to the truth about a discrepancy that involves millions of dollars, the body count starts to rise.
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (MA) Nerang
A successful Los Angeles artgallery owner’s idyllic life is marred by the constant travelling of her handsome second husband. While he is away, she is shaken by the arrival of a manuscript written by her first husband, who she has not seen in years. The manuscript tells the story of a teacher who finds a trip with his family turning into a nightmare. As Susan reads the book, it forces her to examine her past and confront some dark truths.
ARRIVAL (M) Nerang
Linguistics professor Louise Banks leads an elite team of investigators when humungous spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind.
SPECIALTY SCREENINGS TRISTAN UND ISOLDE (E) Kingscliff
The New York Metropolitan Opera 2016/17 season begins with a new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Nina Stemme stars as Isolde – a touchstone role she has sung with major opera companies around the world. Her Tristan is Australian heldentenor Stuart Skelton, who sang Siegmund in the Met’s Ring cycle in 2013. The cast also includes Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne and Evgeny Nikitin as Kurwenal (both in Met role debuts), with René Pape reprising King Marke, a role he has sung to acclaim in three previous Met seasons. Only one show daily at 12.20pm from Saturday through Wednesday.
Michael Fassbender in a scene from The Light Between Oceans