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

(M) The Sense of an End­ing is based on the 2011 Man Booker Prizewin­ning novel by Julian Barnes. While In­dian di­rec­tor Ritesh Ba­tra (the award-win­ning Lunch­box) and screen­writer Nick Payne do make some changes, the film ex­plores the same themes as the book: time, me­mory, age­ing, the da­m­age our younger selves can do without know­ing it, and the of­ten dis­turb­ing gap be­tween what hap­pened and what is re­mem­bered. This is a quiet, coiled, some­times wry film that touches on how we live, and how we live to re­gret.

Hand­some Devil (M) The woes of a gay school­boy forced by his ab­sent fa­ther to at­tend a board­ing school in Ire­land are sen­si­tively ex­plored in the Ir­ish film Hand­some Devil, writ­ten and di­rected by John But­ler. Ned (Fionn O’Shea) hates rugby, but Wood Hill, the school his dad in­sists he at­tend, is rugby fix­ated. Ned shares a room with Conor (Ni­cholas Gal­itzine), and while he finds some sym­pa­thy from Mr Sherry (An­drew Scott), the English teacher, he is con­stantly hu­mil­i­ated by ho­mo­pho­bic foot­ball coach Mr O’Keefe (Moe Dun­ford). But­ler de­picts the dif­fi­cul­ties faced by a gay young­ster who is forced to live in close prox­im­ity to boys who de­spise and con­stantly threaten him.

Pi­rates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (M) Ca­rina Smyth (Kaya Scoder­lario), an as­tronomer who is con­sid­ered a witch, and Henry Turner (Bren­ton Th­waites) are the new blood in this fifth in­stal­ment of the fran­chise. Henry’s fa­ther, Will (Or­lando Bloom), is on the crew of a cursed, oth­er­worldly ship. Henry thinks he can save him by find­ing the sea-con­trol­ling Tri­dent of Po­sei­don. To­gether Henry and Ca­rina must find Jack Spar­row (Johnny Depp), who has some­thing they need. The sub­ti­tle plays with a walk­ing dead-ish Span­ish pi­rate hunter Cap­tain Ar­mando Salazar’s pol­icy of killing ev­ery man on a ship but one, so the sur­vivor can spread the fear.

Game-Changer: Shep­ard Fairey Shep­ard Fairey is an Amer­i­can artist with a guerilla street art pres­ence, a pioneer of the in­no­va­tive blur­ring of bound­aries be­tween art and de­sign. His body of work in­cludes the Obey Gi­ant art project, the Barack Obama Hope cam­paign, and this year’s We the Peo­ple protest poster se­ries. Shep­ard vis­its Aus­tralian shores for the first time in 14 years to share his DIY ap­proach on how he man­aged to turn his cre­ative spark into an au­then­tic voice about street cul­ture. This event is part of the Vivid Ideas Game-Changer pro­gram for Vivid Syd­ney. Syd­ney Town Hall, 483 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. June 17, 7pm. Tick­ets: $37.60-$48.60. Book­ings: (02) 9199 6667 or on­line Selfie to Su­per­star A panel will dis­cuss a new breed of “in­flu­encers” through­out so­cial me­dia, and how so­cial and com­mer­cial suc­cess is achieved through au­then­tic and high-qual­ity con­tent cu­ra­tion. As so­cial me­dia be­comes more and more om­nipresent in our world with rapid ad­vance­ments in tech­nol­ogy, in­sights from the panel’s ex­ten­sive knowl­edge base could prove to be in­valu­able any­one who uses it. The event’s line-up of in­dus­try ex­perts also rep­re­sents consumer and busi­ness brands in­clud­ing F45 Train­ing, The Right Fit, Wink Mod­els and Ya­hoo7’s life­style plat­form Be, as well as ra­dio per­son­al­ity Tanya Hen­nessy (pic­tured). The Pav­il­lion Res­tau­rant, 1 Art Gallery Road, Syd­ney. Wed­nes­day, 6pm-8pm. Tick­ets: $75. Book­ings: (02) 9931 1111 or on­line.

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