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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Stephen Romei

(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.

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