(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.