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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Stephen Romei DS SR Emily Ritchie Christo­pher Allen

(PG) The young Aus­tralian star of the latest reimag­in­ing of JM Bar­rie’s story of a boy who never grows old is Bris­bane new­comer Levi Miller. He ac­quits him­self well, bring­ing a won­der but also a sense of des­tiny to this not-yetPeter, and adopt­ing a con­vinc­ing cock­ney ac­cent. This is a Peter Pan ori­gin story that launches it­self from the dark days of World War II. Peter and other or­phans sur­vive a Ger­man bomb­ing raid, only to be kid­napped by pi­rates and whisked into the skies in a fly­ing galleon. For the most part it’s ab­sorb­ing, with Hugh Jack­man’s in­som­niac-eyed, con­flicted, volatile Black­beard a won­der to watch. For all its com­puter wiz­ardry, Pan is an old-fash­ioned ad­ven­ture, and that is a com­pli­ment.

Black Mass (MA15+) Stu­art Cooper’s fine gang­ster film ex­am­ines the ca­reer of James “Whitey” Bul­ger (an unrecognisable and very ef­fec­tive Johnny Depp), leader of the Win­ter Hill Gang that con­trolled the streets of South Bos­ton in the late 1970s and 80s. Joel Edger­ton plays Bul­ger’s child­hood friend, an FBI agent will­ing to bend the rules, and Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch is his brother, a US sen­a­tor. All the ac­tors are im­pres­sive in this fre­quently vi­o­lent, ut­terly ab­sorb­ing film, which turns out to be the best of its kind since Martin Scors­ese’s The De­parted.

The Visit (M) Aus­tralians Olivia DeJonge and Ed Ox­en­bould shine as sib­lings Re­becca and Tyler. When the grand­par­ents they have never seen make con­tact, Becca and Tyler head to ru­ral Penn­syl­va­nia for a visit. With Nana (Deanna Du­na­gan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRob­bie), they head back to the re­mote farm­house and things start to get a lit­tle weird. All the ac­tion un­folds via Becca’s video cam­era. Found footage may be a well-worn thriller de­vice by now, but it still works well here. This be­ing a M. Night Shya­malan film, there is a twist, and while it’s not at the level of the one in his most fa­mous movie, The Sixth Sense, I didn’t see it com­ing and found it sat­is­fy­ing. Although there are some gen­uinely scary mo­ments there’s also a sense of black com­edy, es­pe­cially in the over­the-top per­for­mances of vet­er­ans Du­na­gan and McRob­bie.

Freedman New Jazz: Paths and Steams II Pi­anist and com­poser Matt McMa­hon will pre­miere his work Paths and Stream II in a fol­low-up con­cert to his 2006 Freedman pro­ject at the Syd­ney Im­pro­vised Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion. The new com­po­si­tions are in­flu­enced by a broad range of gen­res, from Cold Chisel to tra­di­tional Ir­ish mu­sic, in­dige­nous Aus­tralian mu­sic, Ara­bic mu­sic and jazz. Padding­ton Unit­ing Church, The Chapel Space, 395 Ox­ford Street, Padding­ton. Oc­to­ber 17, 7pm. Tick­ets: $20-$40. Book­ings: (02) 8766 0660 or online.

Laura Mar­ling

Swim. Sarah Blasko The ARIA award-win­ning singer-song­writer will de­but her fifth al­bum, Eter­nal Re­turn, be­fore its re­lease next month in a GRAPHIC fes­ti­val per­for­mance fea­tur­ing vi­su­als by film­maker Mike Daly. Con­cert Hall, Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. To­mor­row, 9.30pm. Tick­ets: $59. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or online. cen­te­nary of the build­ing, a free com­mu­nity open day with ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing tours, talks by ex­perts and cu­ra­tors and tast­ings of his­toric recipes, will be hosted by Syd­ney Liv­ing Mu­se­ums. Vau­cluse House, Went­worth Road, Vau­cluse. To­mor­row, 11am4pm. Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: (02) 9388 7922 or online. Trent Parke: The Black Rose This ex­hi­bi­tion is the re­sult of seven years’ work by Adelaidebased pho­tog­ra­pher Trent Parke, who has col­lected pho­to­graphs, video, writ­ten text and books to cre­ate a Meggs mem­o­ra­bilia, but noth­ing is more touch­ing than the last story that Bancks worked on, in which Ginger is ap­proached by a lit­tle boy who seems to be ask­ing him to have the min­is­ter pray for a sick child. Ginger goes to see the min­is­ter. Only in the last frame is the un­ex­pected truth re­vealed — or it would be, ex­cept that the fig­ures have only been sketched in pen­cil and not yet inked in, and the voice bal­loon re­mains tan­ta­lis­ingly empty. re­la­tion­ships in a per­for­mance of works inspired by cou­ples. The pro­gram in­cludes works by Robert and Clara Schu­mann, Fran­cis Poulenc, Ralph Vaughan Wil­liams’s Four Last Songs (based on po­ems by his wife Ursula) and the Aus­tralian pre­miere of David Matthew’s The Book of Hours, com­mis­sioned and first per­formed at the Wig­more Hall, Lon­don. Wes­ley Mu­sic Cen­tre, 20 Na­tional Cir­cuit, For­rest. Oc­to­ber 18, 3pm. Tick­ets: $15-$35. In­quiries: (02) 6286 7373 or online.

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