(M) This romantic comedy-drama from American filmmaker James C. Strouse is unconventional — and that’s why it’s so interesting. At times it feels awkwardly real. This has a lot to do with an unconventional lead performance by New Zealand musician and actor Jemaine Clement, best known as one half of the musical comedy act Flight of the Conchords. Clement brings a subtle sense of comedy to proceedings. This engaging, good-hearted film stumbles at times, but it’s never less than thoughtful. I hope other filmmakers take notice of Clement, as on the basis of this slow-build, understated but powerful performance I’d like to see more of him.
Life (MA15+) In the winter of 1955, just prior to the New York premiere of East of Eden, the film that would make him famous, James Dean (Dane DeHaan) meets photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) and the two become friends. The result is some of the most celebrated candid photos of Dean, but also insights into the life of this hugely talented but immensely insecure actor who represented something new in American cinema and whose death later in 1955, at the age of 24, left him more celebrated than ever.
American Ultra Mozart’s Fortepiano Fortepianist and guest director Kristian Bezuidenhout showed he shared Paul Dyer’s liking for speed and contrast in his Mozart performances with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. The ABO impressed with its consistently wellintegrated ensemble sound. Swift tempos, strong dynamic contrasts and emphatic attack created an energetic, vivacious account of Mozart’s Symphony No 36 ( Linz) while pure-toned flautist Melissa Farrow realised a gracefully shaped account of the Andante for flute. Bezuidenhout’s own solo turn was notable for its refined delicacy and astute timbral variety. City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney. Today, 2pm and 7pm. Tickets: $20-$166. Bookings: (02) 8256 2222 or online. Anne-Sophie Mutter Plays Dvorak A regular soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter returns to perform the music of Dvorak. Also featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No 3. Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point. Opens Wednesday, 8pm. Tickets: $49$185. Bookings: (02) 8215 4600 or online. Until September 26. Superposition A Japanese-French art installation by Ryoji Ikeda, pictured, inspired by mathematics and quantum mechanics. Video screens, sound sculptures and human performers combine in the immersive digital experience. Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh. Opens Wednesday. Tickets: $35. Bookings: 1300 723 038. Until September 26. to solve a problem and cause mischief simultaneously, and two party-crashing journalists (Virginia Gay and Bobby Fox) stir the pot and arouse passions. The four-piece band under Daryl Wallis’s direction achieves wonders. The cast is classy from top to bottom and you’d have to go a long way to see better than Lehpamer, Gay and Fox. Hayes Theatre Company, 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point. Today, 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: $59-$65. Bookings: (02) 8065 7337. Until October 3. Minusonesister Stories Like These and Griffin Independent present a modern retelling of Sophocles’s Electra by Anna Barnes, who won the Patrick White Playwrights Award in 2013, told from the point of view of teenagers. SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod Street, Kings Cross. Tonight, 7pm. Tickets: $30-$38. Bookings: (02) 9361 3817. Until October 3. for the first time, Kisielewicz will display her new body of oil paintings, Growing Up is Overrated, an exploration of Western consumerism through bright self-portraits with recurring pop-culture imagery. Matthys Gerber Older paintings and newer pieces by Sydney artist Matthys Gerber are juxtaposed to demonstrate his experimental foray into photorealism, fluid abstraction, portraits and still lifes. Known for his bold and colourful approach, Gerber draws inspiration from the motif of the Rorschach, the inkblot patterns commonly used by psychiatrists, throughout his works. Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney. Opens Tuesday. Daily, 10am-5pm, and until 9pm on Thursdays. Free. Inquiries: (02) 9245 2400 or online. Until December 6. (The Conformist). In Rome in1938, young, repressed Marcello is drawn to fascism and is dispatched to Paris to kill his former college professor, an anti-fascist. Palace Electric Cinema, 2 Phillip Law Street, Canberra. Opens Tuesday. Tickets: $14-$19.50. Bookings: 1300 620 809 or online. Until October 11.