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

(M) The Na­matjira Project, di­rected by Sera Davies, is loosely cen­tred on the de­vel­op­ment of the award-win­ning stage drama Na­matjira, writ­ten and di­rected by Scott Rankin. Artist Al­bert Na­matjira was the first in­dige­nous per­son to be granted re­stricted Aus­tralian cit­i­zen­ship. The Na­matjira fam­ily has not re­ceived roy­al­ties from his art since 1983, when pub­lisher Leg­end Press was sold the copy­right for $8500. The be­hind-the-scenes look at Na­matjira is full of nerves, laughs and love.

Mother! (MA15+) Dar­ren Aronof­sky’s film is an amaz­ingly un­even and in­creas­ingly hys­ter­i­cal hor­rormelo­drama that is so over the top that even the cen­tral per­for­mance of Jen­nifer Lawrence can’t re­deem it. Lawrence plays the ti­tle char­ac­ter, mother, while her hus­band (Javier Bar­dem) is sim­ply Him. One day a stranger knocks on the door of their home. This man (Ed Har­ris) says he’s look­ing for some­where to stay and Him in­vites him in, to mother’s dis­may. Man is soon joined by woman (Michelle Pfeif­fer), his wife, and their two sons. These un­wanted guests just won’t go away, de­spite mother’s en­treaties. This is a promis­ing set-up, but as the film pro­ceeds the premise be­comes tire­some. By the end a po­ten­tially ex­cit­ing premise has turned into an ugly, over­wrought en­durance test.

That’s Not Me (MA15+) That’s Not Me is di­rected by Mel­bourne film­maker Gre­gory Erd­stein and writ­ten by him and his wife Alice Fo­ulcher, who plays the lead role as ac­tress Polly. When Polly meets her agent it be­comes clear why she’s not in Hol­ly­wood. She’s of­fered a role in a suc­cess­ful soap opera, which she re­jects. It goes to her more savvy iden­ti­cal twin sis­ter, Amy. Polly, mean­while, sells tick­ets and choc-tops to cus­tomers at Mel­bourne’s As­tor The­atre. Fo­ulcher is won­der­ful as Polly, full of ner­vous con­vic­tion that her way is the right way. That’s Not Me is a clever, funny, per­cep­tive movie that pokes its nose into the bizarre busi­ness of film­mak­ing, and the some­times wacky world of sib­ling ri­valry.

Me­gan Wash­ing­ton and the SSO Known for her quirky lyrics and catchy songs, mu­si­cian and song­writer Me­gan Wash­ing­ton has cre­ated a unique iden­tity for her­self in the Aus­tralian mu­sic scene. She joins the Syd­ney Sym­phony Orches­tra, con­ducted by Ben­jamin Northey, in a spe­cial per­for­mance of works from her forth­com­ing al­bum and back cat­a­logue. Who Dreamed It? En­sem­ble Off­spring pre­sents three world pre­miere com­po­si­tions by in­ter­na­tional mu­si­cians Lisa Il­lean, An­nie HuiHsin Hsieh and Anahita Ab­basi. Aus­tralian so­prano Jes­sica As­zodi (Syd­ney Cham­ber Opera, Syd­ney Sym­phony Orches­tra, San Diego and Chicago sym­phony orches­tras) will fea­ture in Un­suk Chin’s seven-part en­sem­ble work Akros­ti­chon-Wort­spiel (Acros­ticWord­play) and a new work by Jen­nifer Wal­she. Taikoz 20: Land-Sea-Sky-Home Lead­ing drum en­sem­ble Taikoz cel­e­brates 20 years of mu­sic mak­ing in the concert LandSea-Sky-Home. Taikoz will per­form a wide range of mu­sic for taiko (tra­di­tional Ja­panese drums), per­cus­sion and voice, along­side shakuhachi mas­ter Ri­ley Lee and sax­o­phon­ist Sandy Evans. With be­guil­ing chore­og­ra­phy by tai chi mas­ter Chong­wei Zhang. City Recital Hall, 2-12 An­gel Place, Syd­ney. Oc­to­ber 21, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $40-$65. Book­ings: (02) 8256 2222 or on­line. Du­ra­tion: 110min, in­clud­ing 20min in­ter­val. My Leonard Co­hen Ste­wart D’Ar­ri­etta and a sev­en­piece band per­form gutsy in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Leonard Co­hen’s best work. New life is breathed into songs in­clud­ing Suzanne, Tower of Song, Hal­lelu­jah and Bird on a Wire, with D’Ar­ri­etta de­liv­er­ing in­ti­mate in­sights into Co­hen’s life and mo­ti­va­tions through sto­ry­telling. Syd­ney Opera House, Play­house, Ben­ne­long Point. Tick­ets: $59$109. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Un­til to­mor­row. Du­ra­tion: 105min. The Red Tree

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