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

(MA15+) In Bad Girl, Sara West plays Amy, a surly teenager who re­luc­tantly ac­com­pa­nies the cou­ple who have adopted her to their new home out­side the city. Her par­ents are re­signed to the fact Amy is be­hav­ing badly but they don’t know that she has ar­ranged to run away from their place. Her es­cape is frus­trated but in­stead she meets Chloe (Samara Weav­ing) a “nice” girl whose par­ents live on a nearby farm. The pair be­come friends but, more than that, there’s a sex­ual at­trac­tion be­tween them. Amy wants to lo­cate her real par­ents and Chloe of­fers to help her. The film starts well, with an in­trigu­ing set-up and solid per­for­mances all around. To­wards the end, the plot be­comes wildly un­con­vinc­ing as it all goes a bit crazy, with yet another twist and a dose of mur­der and may­hem.

Syd­ney Opera House, Con­cert Hall, Ben­ne­long Point. Wed­nes­day, 8pm. Du­ra­tion: 1hr 55min, with in­ter­val. Tick­ets: $39$137. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Un­til May 15. Garage Bar­ber­shop Garage Bar­ber­shop com­prises a se­ries of pho­to­graphs taken by in­ter­na­tional fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher Harold David. His por­traits cap­ture en­coun­ters in a Black­town garage where Charles Lomu, a self-taught bar­ber, and his five ap­pren­tices have cul­ti­vated their craft in cut­ting, shav­ing and fad­ing men’s hair. The por­traits pre­sent a con­tem­po­rary no­tion of mas­culin­ity; man­hood is not achieved through age but through ma­ture ways of liv­ing. Dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion, Charles and the ap­pren­tices will have a pop-up bar­ber­shop at Black­town Arts Cen­tre on May 18 and 25, and June 1. Book­ings are es­sen­tial. Black­town Arts Cen­tre, 78 Flush­combe Road, Black­town. Free ad­mis­sion. In­quiries: (02) 9839 6558 or on­line. Opens May 11.

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