Mu­si­cal

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - David Strat­ton DS SR Deb­o­rah Jones Matthew West­wood

A dis­ap­point­ing and overex­tended por­trait of the epony­mous bushranger (183765) and some of his ex­ploits, Matthew Holmes’s film spends too much time stag­ing the sim­i­lar-look­ing shootouts and not enough ex­plor­ing the con­text and the back­grounds of the char­ac­ters. Jack Martin’s Hall is an im­pos­ing fig­ure, and the film is vis­ually hand­some.

Up for Love (Un homme a la hau­teur) (M) This French com­edy, a slav­ish re­make of a pop­u­lar Ar­gen­tine film of 2013, in­volves the love affair be­tween an at­trac­tive di­vorced lawyer (Vir­ginie Efira) and a charm­ing man (Jean Du­jardin) who is only 1.37m tall. Cin­ema trick­ery makes this con­cept work and there are amus­ing mo­ments, though it might have been a very dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion if the role of the hand­some lover had been played by an ac­tor who re­ally was height chal­lenged.

Un­der­world: Blood Wars (MA15+) The fifth in­stal­ment in this horror-drama se­ries has a bit in com­mon with The Menkoff Method. Swap bankers and gang­sters for vam­pires and were­wolves and we’re in a sim­i­lar ball­park. It’s also quite funny, some­times in­ten­tion­ally. Kate Beck­in­sale re­turns as Se­lene, a great vam­pire war­rior who makes short work of Ly­cans, as the ly­can­thropes are known. There are no sil­ver bul­lets or wooden stakes, fewer fangs and claws. It’s all about good-look­ing, well-dressed young men and women fight­ing each other with ma­chine­guns. That they are vam­pires and were­wolves is al­most se­condary. It is fast-paced and fun at times, but it doesn’t feel like a horror film to me.

Dancer Mack & Ma­bel Some­times love just isn’t enough. Things didn’t work out for film pi­o­neer Mack Sen­nett and his wildly pop­u­lar dis­cov­ery Ma­bel Nor­mand, and they don’t for the Jerry Her­man mu­si­cal named af­ter them. Gen­uine af­fec­tion for Mack & Ma­bel’s score un­der­pins the oc­ca­sional re­vival but the show will never be more than B-list at best, and then only if it gets a stag­ing ca­pa­ble of di­vert­ing at­ten­tion from its flaws. Her­man’s score is em­i­nently hummable — songs in­clude I Won’t Send Roses and Time Heals Ev­ery­thing — but Michael Ste­wart’s book is lousy. Us­ing clumsy flash­back, it tells rather than shows, and Nor­mand (An­gelique Cas­si­ma­tis, pic­tured) is de­fined through her pas­sion for Sen­nett (Scott Ir­win). You miss the ir­re­press­ible, free-spir­ited joy seen in Nor­mand’s films, and although di­rec­tor Trevor Ash­ley and chore­og­ra­pher Cameron Mitchell do their best to pa­per over the cracks, the piece fails to hold to­gether. Hayes The­atre, 19 Green­knowe Av­enue, Potts Point. To­day, 2pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $70-$80. Book­ings: (02) 8065 7337 or on­line. Du­ra­tion: 2hr 20min, in­clud­ing in­ter­val. Un­til De­cem­ber 18. smoky smell that, on an early morn­ing visit, al­most in­duces hunger pangs. Green Lad­der is con­structed from bam­boo that has been soaked and smoked to en­sure dura­bil­ity, pro­duc­ing a savoury odour. It is the fourth of the Fugi­tive Struc­tures ar­chi­tec­ture se­ries at the Sher­man Con­tem­po­rary Art Foun­da­tion. Vo’s firm pro­duces distinc­tive ar­chi­tec­ture us­ing bam­boo, help­ing re­turn nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als to ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments. Green Lad­der, a 4m struc­ture with pots of Aus­tralian na­tives, is a sim­pli­fied demon­stra­tion of an ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tice that also makes elab­o­rate bam­boo canopies and domes for halls, restau­rants and re­sorts. Vo says staff at his firm do two hours of meditation a day to im­prove con­cen­tra­tion and imag­i­na­tion, like hav­ing a sixth sense. Sher­man Con­tem­po­rary Art Foun­da­tion, 16-20 Good­hope Street, Padding­ton. Wed-Sat, 11am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: (02) 9331 1112 or on­line. Un­til Satur­day. To­day To­mor­row Yes­ter­day The ti­tle of this col­lec­tion — To­day To­mor­row Yes­ter­day — is de­rived from an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of The Prophet, a book of 26 es­says by the Le­banese artist, philosopher and writer Kahlil Gi­bran. It ex­plores the ef­fects of the past on con­tem­po­rary art and mod­ern art prac­tices, from rein­ter­pre­ta­tions of an­ces­tral sto­ries to the con­tin­u­ing ef­fects of early to mid-20th-cen­tury avant-garde ideas. Each room shows an al­ter­na­tive per­spec­tive on the roots and his­tory of to­day. Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, 140 Ge­orge Street, The Rocks. Mon-Wed, 10am-5pm; Thurs, 10am-9pm; Fri-Sun, 10am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: (02) 9245 2400 or on­line. Tat­suo Miya­jima: Con­nect With Ev­ery­thing Tat­suo Miya­jima’s dig­i­tal works shed light on the big is­sues of life, death and time. For the 59year-old Ja­panese artist, time is no sim­ple tool of mea­sure­ment; it is far more, too, than an world in­clud­ing Barry X Ball, Zaha Hadid (pic­tured), Iris van Her­pen, Stephen Jones and Anish Kapoor. Pow­er­house Mu­seum, 500 Har­ris Street, Ul­timo. Daily, 10am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free to $15. In­quiries: 02) 9217 0111. Un­til June 25 next year. Nganampa Kililpil: Our Stars This ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures 50 artists from the seven art cen­tres of the Anangu Pit­jan­t­jat­jara Yankun­yt­jat­jara lands. This vast area of 103,000 sq km is in re­mote South Aus­tralia. The event in­cludes art demon­stra­tions and artist talks. Hazel­hurst Re­gional Gallery, 782 Kingsway, Gymea. Daily, 10am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: (02) 8536 5700 or on­line. Un­til De­cem­ber 11.

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