(M) Charlize Theron plays Lorraine Broughton, a top agent at MI6 and an expert in Russian, escape and evasion, and handto-hand combat. The time is 1989 and the Berlin Wall is about to come down. Another British spy, mowed down by a car, had secured a microfilm that contained the name of every active agent in the Soviet Union. Now it is with a renegade Russian who plans to sell it to the highest bidder. The list is an “atomic bomb that could extend the Cold War for 40 years”. So Broughton is sent to Berlin to retrieve the film, and also to uncover a suspected double agent, codenamed Satchel. There are twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, especially towards the end. At the centre is Theron as the cool, licensed-to-kill but human agent. She looks at the camera, and at other people, with the quiet confidence of someone who knows what she is capable of. Atomic Blonde is the directorial debut of David Leitch. It is based on the 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City.
The Trip to Spain Salon des Refuses Since 1992, SH Ervin Gallery has presented an alternative selection of Archibald and Wynne Prize entrants who weren’t selected to be displayed as part of the official exhibition. The works are chosen on their humour, quality, diversity and innovation. Out of 822 Archibald Prize entries the Art Gallery of NSW trustees selected 43, and from 753 Wynne Prize entries they selected 42 works. From the remaining submissions at the AGNSW, the SH Ervin selectors have chosen 53 works to make up this exhibition, Salon des Refuses. SH Ervin Gallery, 2 Watson Road, Millers Point, Sydney. Inquiries: (02) 9258 0173 or online. Until October 15. Here, an Echo Sydney artist Agatha GotheSnape, recently in the headlines as the subject of this year’s winning Archibald work by Mitch Cairns, has a new permanent public artwork, Here, an Echo, installed as large-scale texts in Surry Hills, as part of the City of Sydney’s public art collection. The project was developed last year as part of the 20th Biennale of Sydney. Here, an Echo is described by Gothe-Snape as a “choreography for the city”: “It was thrilling to spend time in the streets, laneways and public spaces of the city, listening to its utterances. My aim was to produce a work that was generated by the city itself.” Emsworth) marry, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Riverside Theatre, corner Market and Church streets, Parramatta. Final performances today, 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: $39-$49. Bookings: (02) 8839 3399 or online. Duration: 2hr 45min, including interval. Grug and the Rainbow Ted Prior’s character Grug was conceptualised almost 40 years ago, and will come to life on the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre stage in the Windmill Theatre Co production. Grug and the Rainbow features puppetry, inventive performances and captivating storytelling. Directed by Sam Haren. Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 High Street, Penrith. September Tickets: $16-$20. Bookings: (02) 4723 7600 or online. Duration 35min, no interval. Kindertransport The play explores, through the experience of a young girl, Eva, what it means to be sent away alone to a strange country. Diane Samuels’s script focuses on the interactions and conflicts between Eva and her mother in Hamburg, when she