The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - SFK Christo­pher Allen

Spear The first fea­ture film from Ban­garra Dance Theatre is an adap­ta­tion of one of the com­pany’s con­tem­po­rary dance pieces, fol­low­ing a young man seek­ing to rec­on­cile the tra­di­tions of out­back Aus­tralia with the moder­nity of Syd­ney. Na­tional Film and Sound Ar­chive of Aus­tralia, McCoy Cir­cuit, Ac­ton. To­day, 10am, noon, 2pm, 6pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $12-$14. Book­ings: 1800 067 274 or on­line. Ends Wed­nes­day. Tom Roberts Tom Roberts is of­ten con­sid­ered the most im­por­tant painter, if not the most im­por­tant artist, in the his­tory of Aus­tralia. He was the leader of the Hei­del­berg School and the man who painted cel­e­brated na­tional pic­tures such as Shear­ing the Rams. He was also a fine por­traitist, and it was no sur­prise that he was even­tu­ally the artist com­mis­sioned to paint a huge work com­mem­o­rat­ing the open­ing of the first fed­eral par­lia­ment. But, as this ex­hi­bi­tion shows, he seemed to lose his way in Eng­land and not to be able to find it again on his even­tual re­turn to Aus­tralia. The ex­hibit has ac­quired one of Roberts’s orig­i­nal easels, which will be dis­played at the en­trance. Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia, Parkes Place, Can­berra. Daily, 10am-5pm. Tick­ets: $18-$21. In­quiries: (02) 6240 6411 or on­line. Ends March 28.

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