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

(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

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