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

(MA15+) New York-based Emily (Amy Schumer) is in a bar in Ecuador be­cause she and her mu­si­cian boyfriend had booked a hol­i­day. He not only pulled out of it but dropped her. So she has en­cour­aged her cau­tious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn), to join her. Linda doesn’t want to go any­where but is talked around af­ter Emily finds an old photo al­bum that shows how her mum used to be: bikini clad, rag­ing at Thin Lizzy gigs, hav­ing fun. “I can’t even be­lieve that’s you,” Emily says. “You’re such a scaredy cat.” That judg­ment is put to the test when mother and daugh­ter leave the re­sort and are kid­napped. Snatched is sev­eral IQ points above the typ­i­cal Amer­i­can com­edy.

Don’t Tell (M) Given the ap­palling sto­ries em­a­nat­ing from the Royal Com­mis­sion into In­sti­tu­tional Re­sponses to Child Sex­ual Abuse, the re­lease of the Aus­tralian film Don’t Tell is par­tic­u­larly timely. Tori Gar­rett has as­sem­bled a fine cast to tell the story of what hap­pened to Lyn­dal, who was 12 years old when she was sex­u­ally abused by her house­mas­ter at the pres­ti­gious Angli­can Toowoomba Prep School, and the court case that fol­lowed a decade later when Lyn­dal, af­ter go­ing off the rails and be­ing ar­rested in NSW, re­turned to Queens­land to seek jus­tice. Don’t Tell is a thought­ful, qui­etly shock­ing film, beau­ti­fully made.

White­ley Mi­gra­tion Gui­tarist Slava Grig­o­ryan (pic­tured be­low) joins the Aus­tralian String Quar­tet in a pro­gram of con­tem­po­rary and clas­si­cal works by Ralph Towner, Iain Grandage and Schu­bert. Towner’s guitar quin­tet Mi­gra­tion blends the melodic and har­monic lan­guage of jazz with a clas­si­cal sense of de­vel­op­ment. Grandage’s work con­tem­plates the mind’s mys­tery and com­plex­ity in mu­sic of kalei­do­scopic colour. Schu­bert’s world forms the emo­tional apex of this con­cert. His fi­nal string quar­tet, in G ma­jor, is charged with heart­felt emo­tion and elo­quent lyri­cism. City Recital Hall, 2-12 An­gel Place, Syd­ney. May 31, 7pm. Tick­ets: $30-$85. Book­ings: (02) 8256 2222 or online. End Game Part 1: Pos­si­ble Cost of Com­pla­cency Zoe Sadok­ier­ski and Todd McMil­lan draw in­spi­ra­tion from the post-apoc­a­lyp­tic nov­els On the Beach by Nevile Shute and The Sea and Sum­mer by Ge­orge Turner — both still alarm­ingly rel­e­vant in our time — in End Game Part 1: Pos­si­ble Cost of Com­pla­cency. Con­ver­sa­tions be­tween the two artists have in­formed one an­other’s work. A voy­age to Antarc­tica dur­ing which McMil­lan cre­ated so­lar plate etch­ings from the pho­tographs he took in­spired Sadok­ier­ski’s rhetor­i­cal di­a­grams that ex­plore and in­ter­pret fic­tional works in a quasi-fac­tual way. End Game Part 1 is the first of a two part ex­hi­bi­tion, fol­lowed by End Game Part 2: Sleep Well, which will open in Au­gust. The World Bar, 24 Bayswa­ter Road, Kings Cross. May 27, 11.15am. Tick­ets: $25. Book­ings: (02) 9357 7700 or online. The Be­toota Ad­vo­cate As part of the Syd­ney Writ­ers Fes­ti­val, the two men be­hind “Aus­tralia’s old­est news­pa­per”, The Be­toota Ad­vo­cate, will en­gage in a talk with Triple J pre­sen­ter Lewis Hobba. Er­rol Parker and Clancy Overell cover all the im­por­tant con­tem­po­rary is­sues, un­der head­lines such as Fe­male Law Grad­u­ate Re­ceives Win­dex to Clean the Glass Ceil­ing, or Aus­tralia En­joys An­other Peace­ful Day Un­der Op­pres­sive Gun Con­trol Regime. They are prac­ti­tion­ers of fear­less jour­nal­ism, cov­er­ing the news beats where other re­porters fear to tread. Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay, Syd­ney. Next Satur­day, 6pm. Tick­ets: $15. Book­ings: (02) 9250 1999.

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