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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - DS SR DS Jane Cornwell

(M) A film from Malta is pretty rare, so this very well made and upto-the-minute drama — which deals in part with the flood of North African refugees mak­ing their way to the is­land na­tion — is par­tic­u­larly welcome. First­time di­rec­tor Re­becca Cre­mona con­fi­dently un­folds a story based on real events, and the film com­bines sus­pense with a hu­man­is­tic view of a very real so­cial prob­lem.

Miss You Al­ready (M) Cather­ine Hard­wicke’s Lon­don­set Miss You Al­ready is a rather grim film fo­cused on se­ri­ous ill­ness and the strains it places on re­la­tion­ships. Milly (Toni Col­lette) and Jess (Drew Bar­ry­more) have been best friends since girl­hood. Milly, who is now about 40 and with two young chil­dren, is told she has breast can­cer. The next near two hours re­lent­lessly fol­lows her treat­ment and the stress it places on her mar­riage, fam­ily and friend­ships. Col­lette is never not worth watch­ing and there are a few mem­o­rable scenes, but the over­all re­sult leaves one car­ing less than ex­pected, notwith­stand­ing how se­ri­ous it all is.

Learn­ing to Drive (M) An un­re­mark­able feel-good movie from Cata­lan di­rec­tor Is­abel Coixet about an aban­doned wife (Pa­tri­cia Clark­son) and an Sikh driv­ing in­struc­tor (Ben Kings­ley). The per­for­mances of these two fine ac­tors give the small-scale film al­most all of its res­o­nance.

Des­de­mona “Shake­speare was a fu­tur­ist. To take a black man and make him a main char­ac­ter was very coura­geous.” Malian singer Rokia Traore is talk­ing about Des­de­mona, a con­cert cum mul­ti­me­dia event cre­ated by No­bel prize-win­ning Amer­i­can nov­el­ist Toni Mor­ri­son and ex­per­i­men­tal theatre and opera di­rec­tor Peter Sel­lars. Amer­i­can ac­tress Tina Benko will re­sume the role of the Bard’s doomed hero­ine, in a con­ver­sa­tion from be­yond the grave with her nurse, Bar­bary (Traore), switch­ing voices to chan­nel other (dead) char­ac­ters in­clud­ing Othello and their moth­ers. Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay. Opens Fri­day, 8pm. Tick­ets: $77$129. Book­ings: 1300 723 038 or online. Un­til Oc­to­ber 25. Suzy Menkes in Con­ver­sa­tion with Col­lette Din­ni­gan To dis­cuss the re­cently opened ret­ro­spec­tive ex­hi­bi­tion of her de­signs and sig­na­ture pieces, Col­lette Din­ni­gan will be in con­ver­sa­tion with Vogue in­ter­na­tional editor Suzy Menkes. The ex­hi­bi­tion con­tains ob­jects from Din­negan’s per­sonal ar­chives and un­seen ma­te­rial, as well as gar­ments worn by Ni­cole Kid­man, Tay­lor Swift, An­gelina Jolie and Naomi Watts. Pow­er­house Mu­seum, 500 Harris Street, Ul­timo. Thurs­day, 4.30pm. Tick­ets: $52-$65. Book­ings: (02) 9217 0111 or online.

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