(MA15+) This is the first American film by British writer-director Andrea Arnold, known for her London council estate family drama Fish Tank. It centres on young Americans (Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf) who sell magazine subscriptions door-to-door. American Honey is interested in the disgruntlement of large sections of the population, a socioeconomic unhappiness that came to the fore in the US presidential election.
I, Daniel Blake (MA15+) British director Ken Loach’s latest portrait of a workingclass hero won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year and is one of his finest films. Set in the northern city of Newcastle, it’s the story of a widower, played beautifully by Dave Johns, and his struggles with the bureaucrats of the welfare department. It’s a film that shines a light on the human faces behind the unemployment and welfare statistics, and is a profoundly moving experience.
The Accountant Nijinsky Employing narrative and abstract dance elements, borrowed and new, John Neumeier’s Nijinsky — created for Hamburg Ballet in 2000 and now entering Australian Ballet’s repertoire — brings to the fore the sensitive, isolated soul behind the legend. The subject is revolutionary Russian ballet dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky, who soared to fame with Sergei The temperature outside is 48C and Melbourne has been drowned. Inside a fortress retreat two mega-rich old ladies keep up the struggle. Director Gale Edwards turns the excess of it all into something frightening and disturbingly exhilarating in this Griffin Theatre Company production. There are great performances by Maggie Dence and Belinda Giblin as the two grand dames. Byrne) challenges one of them to pitch a serious movie instead. The trouble with this revival is that this central conflict is now neither new nor particularly convincing. There is savage comedy and good performances but it is hard to understand why this play needed to be revived. Sydney Theatre Company, Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay. Today, 1.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: $84-$116. Bookings: (02) 9250 1777 or online. Duration: 1hr 35min, no interval. Until December 17. really know exactly what time it is,” he says, smiling. “This, for me, is a good thing.” Miyajima was born in postwar Tokyo in 1957 in Edogawa City and grew up in the Japanese capital, the son of a carpenter. He developed a deep sense of his own mortality early in life. “There was a time in my youth I was seriously ill — the most serious ailment was kidney disease,” he says. “I was made to think about life and death, and within that awareness I became drawn to Buddhism and Buddhist thinking about the world.” Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks, Sydney. Fri-Wed, 10am-5pm; Thurs, 10am-9pm. Admission: $12-$22. Inquiries: (02) 9245 2400 or online. Until March next year. drawn to the Avenue of Honour because it is a living memorial. He started by photographing the trees, then trawled the National Archives and the Red Cross files to find information about the fate of the individuals commemorated. Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell. Daily, 10am5pm. Admission free. Inquiries: (02) 6243 4211 or online. A History of the World in 100 Objects This exhibition is based on a series of radio broadcasts produced in 2010 by the then head of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor. The pieces, each originally discussed individually and in detail, were gathered together as an exhibition that has since toured internationally in modified form. The show includes 43 of the original objects. National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton. MonSat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 9am-7pm. Tickets: $8-$20. Bookings: 1800 026 132. Until January. Memories of the Struggle: Australians Against Apartheid This exhibition explores Australia’s involvement and leadership in the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa, focusing on the context and timeline of the anti-apartheid movement. Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes, Canberra. Daily, 9am5pm. Admission: $2. Inquiries: (02) 6270 8222 or online.