Mad Max: Fury Road — Creating the Apocalypse The Academy award-winning creator of the seminal Mad Max films, George Miller, will make a one-off appearance in Sydney next month as part of the Graphic Festival. Miller, concept artist Brendan McCarthy, who helped develop the illustrative aesthetic, and dramaturge Nico Lathouris will recount the latest film’s 12-year journey from storyboard to screen. Unseen footage, designs and imagery will invite audiences to explore the process behind the creation of the post-apocalyptic wasteland. tribute to the compositions of Benjamin Britten, Les Illuminations. Costumes by fashion designer Toni Maticevski, with music from Katie Noonan and ACO2. Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. Tonight, 8pm. Tickets: $45-$79. Bookings: (02) 9250 1999 or online. Until October 10. Frank Ockenfels One of the world’s leading portrait photographers presents his first exhibition in Australia. A regular collaborator with Time, New York Magazine and Rolling Stone, Frank Ockenfels has worked with everyone from Angelina Jolie and Russell Brand to Barack Obama and Scarlett Johansson, never sticking to one photographic style but continually experimenting over three decades of practice. Black Eye Gallery, 3/138 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst. Opens Wednesday. Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm. Inquiries: (02) 8084 7541 or online. Until October 25. Belem Lett: Tunnel Vision Combining abstract painting with artisan frames, artist Belem Lett explores the relationship between colour, shapes and empty space, examining the role of the decorative border. Elongated canvases and playful framing allude to windows and portals, using brushwork, metallic pigments and expanses of colour to create impressions of flatness and depth. they emerge from, are situated within a broader experience of a resurgent global south, within which people question ideas of identity, culture and power,” says curator Nicole Foreshew. Portia Geach Memorial Award Natasha Bieniek’s self-portrait titled Sahara (pictured) won this year’s Portia Greach Memorial Award, which Bieniek received soon after winning this year’s Wynne Prize for her miniature oil painting Biophilia. The $30,000 annual portraiture award was established in 1965 in memory of artist Portia Geach to celebrate female artists. Includes portraits of Rosie Batty, Katie Noonan, Judith Lucy and Marieke Hardy. SH Ervin Gallery, Watson Road, Observatory Hill, The Rocks. TuesSun, 11am-5pm. Admission: $5-$7. Bookings: (02) 9258 0173 or online. Until October 25. “Research provides the backdrop against which to observe how patterns and processes have interacted with each other to shape the modern world,” says Truswell. Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Tues-Sun, 10am-4pm. Admission free. Inquiries: (02) 6173 3300 or online. Until October 18.