The Weekend Australian - Review - - Feature - Tim Dou­glas The Week­end Aus­tralian Review

Sofia Cop­pola may have had a fa­ther (and a god­fa­ther, for that mat­ter) in high places, but the di­rec­tor’s road to suc­cess has not been easy. After ap­pear­ing in Fran­cis Ford Cop­pola’s The God­fa­ther tril­ogy, she was dogged by claims of nepo­tism. But Cop­pola has proved her artistry at ev­ery turn, most fa­mously in 2003’s Academy Award-win­ning Lost in Trans­la­tion. Her lat­est film is The Beguiled, star­ring Ni­cole Kid­man. Ja­son Gay’s in­ter­view with the di­rec­tor (Pages 8-9) re­veals a pas­sion for film­mak­ing that ri­vals that of her fa­ther. David Strat­ton re­views The Beguiled next week. His thoughts on the Kid­man-Cop­pola cou­pling are worth the price of ad­mis­sion. There is no short­age of cricket in the news at the mo­ment. The na­tional team is bogged down in a pay dis­pute, the in­ter­na­tional women’s game is fac­ing crit­i­cism from the old male guard and The Aus­tralian is still rev­el­ling in its tri­umph last week in its an­nual grudge match against The Daily Tele­graph. But the best crick­et­ing story is un­fold­ing as we speak at Adelaide’s Sam­stag Gallery. The Sum­ma­tion of Force — an ex­hi­bi­tion by pho­tog­ra­phers Trent Parke and Narelle Au­tio — poses that most di­vi­sive of Aus­tralian ques­tions: can sport be con­sid­ered art? Parke is in a bet­ter po­si­tion than most to an­swer. The for­mer state crick­eter and coach is the only Aus­tralian mem­ber of the exclusive Mag­num pho­to­graphic col­lec­tive. He and wife Au­tio, a dou­ble Walk­ley Award win­ner and her­self a for­mer crick­eter, present a se­ries of starkly beau­ti­ful mono­chrome im­ages of the sport. The pic­tures are a re­minder of the sheer depth of the pair’s tal­ent, but also of the di­choto­mous spy­glass through which we view sport and art. Would any­one have kicked up a stink about the newly ap­proved $344 mil­lion Art Gallery of NSW plan had it been a new foot­ball sta­dium? Aus­tralians pride them­selves on wor­ship­ping at the al­tar of sport. But our re­la­tion­ship with art is far more dif­fi­cult to ar­tic­u­late. Gideon Haigh, ar­guably the coun­try’s best cricket writer, once told me that one of Aus­tralia’s great prob­lems was its in­abil­ity to equate the worlds of cul­ture and sport. They were, in his eyes, one and the same. Parke and Au­tio’s ex­hi­bi­tion asks sim­i­lar ques­tions: Who are we? And what do we re­ally value? Face­book: @the­week­endaus­tralian­re­view Twit­ter: @TimDou­glas_Aus In­sta­gram: @Re­view_Aus­tralian

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