(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.