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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

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