(M) The magnificent Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn dominates the pre-titles sequence of Gareth Edwards’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first instalment of a series of stand-alone films that are related to but separate from the galactic gangbuster created by George Lucas, and which he sold to Disney for $US4 billion in 2012. Mendelsohn is an Imperial commander, Orson Krennic. Wrapped in a white cape, grey of hair, gaunt of face, he oozes both authoritarian arrogance and personal vulnerability. He never quite loses his uncertain smile and he speaks like, well, an Australian, which is terrific to hear. Krennic’s knowing comment about terror and peace taps into present global fracture lines, adding hard, terrestrial realism to what unfolds across the next two hours.
A United Kingdom The Beatles: All You Need is Love The concert event All You Need is Love is from the producers of The White Album Concert, Beatles Back2Back, Let It Be and most recently Rubber Soul/ Revolver. Thirty songs by the Beatles (pictured) are performed live by vocalists Jack Jones, Ciaran Gribbin, Rai Thistlethwayte and Jackson Thomas, who are joined by the Strawberry Fields Rock The program features John Adams’s Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante, Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. The show is conducted by Nicholas Carter and Jessica Cottis, and features violin soloist Andrew Haveron and viola soloist Tobias Breider. The Domain, Art Gallery Road, Royal Gallery Road, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. January 14, 8pm. Admission is free. Inquiries: (02) 8248 6500 or online. Long String Instrument American experimental musician Ellen Fullman and Theresa Wong come together for a Sydney Festival installation. Fullman is the creator of the Long String Instrument, playing the 25m-spanning instrument. Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney. January 13, 8pm; January 14, 6pm. Tickets: $36$40. Bookings: 1300 856 876 or online.