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

(MA15+) It’s Bos­ton, 1978, and the real point of the film is a gun­bat­tle that goes for about 90 min­utes. The unconventional Bri­tish crime drama Free Fire is di­rected by the tal­ented and in­no­va­tive Ben Wheat­ley. It nods to Quentin Tarantino’s Reser­voir Dogs by turn­ing an aban­doned ware­house into a very bad place to be. Free Fire of­fers up a lot to talk about in terms of film­mak­ing ideas and tech­niques, but whether it’s an en­joy­able movie in its own right is open to de­bate.

The Zookeeper’s Wife Only Heaven Knows The re­vival mu­si­cal Only Heaven Knows, set in the 1940s and 50s, fol­lows Tim (Ben Hall), a play­wright who leaves home for Kings Cross, the epi­cen­tre of Syd­ney’s gay com­mu­nity at the time. Tim finds love there, but the aus­ter­ity of the Men­zies era set­tles in af­ter a brief pe­riod of post­war eu­pho­ria and free­dom of ex­pres­sion. Only Heaven Knows paints a pic­ture of the past while grap­pling with is­sues that are still preva­lent in con­tem­po­rary so­ci­ety. Di­rected by Shaun Ren­nie. Hayes Theatre, 19 Green­knowe Av­enue, Potts Point. Tick­ets: $68. Book­ings: (02) 8065 7337 or on­line. Previews from May 26; un­til June 24. Du­ra­tion: 2hr 10min, in­cludes in­ter­val. in­ti­mate lo­ca­tion, with only 26 tick­ets al­lo­cated per show. Ladies Pow­der Room, level two, Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing, Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. Tick­ets: $15-$35. Book­ings: (02) 8064 3600 or on­line. June 4 to July 22. Du­ra­tion: 45min, no in­ter­val. is a gen­tle and of­ten very funny med­i­ta­tion on the cul­ture of foot­ball fan­dom, and on the broader con­nec­tions be­tween iden­tity and place. Sta­bles Theatre, 10 Nim­rod Street, Syd­ney. Fi­nal shows to­day, 2pm and 7pm. Tick­ets: $30-$43. Book­ings: (02) 9361 3817 or on­line. Du­ra­tion: 2hr, in­clud­ing in­ter­val. Black is the New White Much to the dis­may of the par­ents of suc­cess­ful Abo­rig­i­nal lawyer Char­lotte (Shari Sebbens) and un­em­ployed ex­per­i­men­tal clas­si­cal com­poser Fran­cis (James Bell), they are in love. Char­lotte’s par­ents are sur­prised she is with some­one that is white, while Fran­cis’s par­ents are ex­ceed­ingly con­ser­va­tive. In play­wright Nakkiah Lui’s ( Belvoir Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills. Opens May 19, 8pm. Tick­ets: $37-$72. Book­ings: (02) 9699 3444 or on­line. Un­til June 25. Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay. Fi­nal shows to­day, 2pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $45-$93. Book­ings: (02) 9250 1999 or on­line.

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