Film: Correspondences brings together the work of two visionaries of 1990s independent filmmaking, Spanish director Victor Erice and Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. They met only once, yet there are powerful parallels in their interests and ideas and they kept up a long- distance dialogue. This exhibition includes two short films on childhood: Erice’s Lifeline ( 2002) and Kiarostami’s Ten Minutes Older. Australian Centre for the Moving Image, until November 2. Inquiries: ( 03) 8663 2200.
Comedy: In English musical comedian Bill Bailey’s ( Black Books) solo show Tinselworm, he discusses the London Olympics, George W. Bush, Darwinism v creationism, conspiracy theories, PETA: it seems there is no topic he can’t explore for laughs, and for more than 100 minutes he does that with intelligence and practically no profanity. A classically trained musician, Bailey uses a variety of instruments to lampoon well- known tunes, writes critic Polly Coufos in Perth. Queensland Performing Arts Centre, September 22 and 23. Bookings: 13 6246.
Photography: Picture Paradise: AsiaPacific photography 1840s- 1940s is the first exhibition to survey the rich history of photography in the region. On show are more than 400 original photographs and albums, with daguerreotype portraits, mass- produced views, portraits, and prints from the modern era of small format film cameras and photojournalism, and a rarely seen 10m Holtermann panorama of Sydney Harbour from 1875. National Gallery of Australia, until November 9. Inquiries: ( 02) 6240 6411.
Theatre: In Robert Reid’s Portraits of Modern Evil US serviceman Eddie Leonski, the serial killer who terrorised wartime Melbourne, meets artist Albert Tucker; he wants his portrait painted for the folks back home. Reid convincingly wrings every drop of drama from this scenario, loosely based on historical events and people. The writing is accomplished, with fine performances from Brendan Ewing and Ben Russell, writes Victoria Laurie. Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, ends tonight. Bookings: ( 08) 9484 1133.
Visual art: The Lost Buddhas is a selection of 35 sculptures, mostly 6th century, discovered in Shandong, China, in 1996, slightly damaged but not disfigured. Many have original gilding and pigment still attached, and they are admirably displayed: especially eyecatching is the exquisitely refined Standing Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, writes national art critic Christopher Allen. Art Gallery of NSW, until November 23. Inquiries: ( 02) 9225 1744.
Exquisite: One of the Lost Buddhas