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

(G) Aishol­pan’s teen dream is to fol­low in the foot­steps of her fore­fa­thers and be­come an ea­gle hunter. All of them, how­ever, were men. Her fa­ther backs his daugh­ter with love, ten­der­ness and con­fi­dence in her abil­i­ties, de­spite some lo­cal un­hap­pi­ness about her plans. That is one of the won­ders of the film: it is a fa­ther-daugh­ter story that touches the heart. Di­rec­tor Otto Bell’s in­ten­tion was to make a beau­ti­ful film about one girl from a place and a cul­ture we know lit­tle about. That he has done. Aishol­pan is real. Her per­sonal story is true and I think any­one who sees it will leave the cin­ema feel­ing bet­ter about the world.

The Child­hood of a Leader (PG) An in­trigu­ing but not en­tirely sat­is­fac­tory first fea­ture from 27-year-old ac­tor Brady Cor­bet set in 1918 in the af­ter­math of World War I. While an Amer­i­can diplo­mat (Liam Cun­ning­ham) dis­cusses the de­tails of the Ver­sailles Treaty, his sev­enyear-old son qui­etly and dis­turbingly rebels against his par­ents and tu­tor, pre­par­ing him­self — the film hints — for a fu­ture as a to­tal­i­tar­ian dic­ta­tor

Beauty and The Beast Kinky Boots Cyndi Lau­per’s multi-award­win­ning mu­si­cal Kinky Boots is a big-hearted story about prej­u­dice, self-ac­cep­tance and ac­cep­tance of out­siders. Lau­per’s score for Kinky Boots — in which a drag queen (Cal­lum Fran­cis, pic­tured) saves a strug­gling shoe fac­tory with a line of footwear that re­sem­bles “two-and-a-half feet of tubu­lar, ir­re­sistible sex’’ — opened on

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