Mu­si­cal

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Stephen Romei DS Deb­o­rah Jones

(M) Sa­muel L. Jack­son does some of the talk­ing, but there is only one real nar­ra­tor of I Am Not Your Ne­gro: the elo­quent Amer­i­can writer and so­cial critic James Bald­win. Bald­win is fea­tured in in­ter­views and speeches melded into this 95-minute doc­u­men­tary, en­cap­su­lat­ing his cap­ti­vat­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the Amer­i­can race de­bate. The ground-level his­tory of the 1960s is con­fronting to watch: pho­tographs and film clips of black Amer­i­cans be­ing beaten by white po­lice and white cit­i­zens, flow­ing into footage of more re­cent con­fronta­tions. Watch­ing this made me feel like Bald­win did. That po­ten­tial for un­der­stand­ing, I think, was his hope, the rea­son he de­scribed him­self as an op­ti­mist.

Moun­tain (G) Moun­tain is a rav­ish­ingly beau­ti­ful doc­u­men­tary from Jen­nifer Pee­dom, di­rec­tor of last year’s Sherpa. Moun­tains all over the world were filmed by a team of cin­e­matog­ra­phers and the footage has been edited to an orig­i­nal score by Richard Tognetti and the Aus­tralian Cham­ber Orches­tra. Erupt­ing vol­ca­noes and avalanches are spec­tac­u­lar enough, but closeup scenes of moun­tain climb­ing and var­i­ous ex­treme sports are tremen­dously ex­cit­ing.

Aus­tralia Day As­sas­sins Stephen Sond­heim and John Wei­d­man’s As­sas­sins (1990) throws to­gether a mot­ley band of suc­cess­ful and would-be killers of US pres­i­dents and as­sesses them against the un­for­giv­ing stan­dards of Amer­i­can ex­cep­tion­al­ism. Pres­i­den­tial mur­der­ers and wannabes from el­der states­man John Wilkes Booth (Abra­ham Lin­coln, 1865) to John Hinck­ley (Ron­ald Rea­gan, 1981) get to ex­plain them­selves and maybe get a lit­tle un­der­stand­ing. Dean Bryant’s pro­duc­tion of this rarely seen Sond­heim comes very close to be­ing great. The crack team in­cludes a ter­rific five-piece band un­der An­drew Wor­boys’s di­rec­tion and An­drew Hallsworth as the very fine chore­og­ra­pher. The cast couldn’t be bet­ter and the stag­ing ex­pertly walks the tightrope be­tween black hu­mour and cor­us­cat­ing anger, and back again. For all their delu­sions and mis­guided pas­sions, these flawed souls have a pow­er­ful point about life’s in­jus­tices. Hayes The­atre Co, 19 Green­knowe Av­enue, Syd­ney. Today, 2pm and 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $70-$78. Book­ings: (02) 8065 7337 or on­line. Du­ra­tion: 1hr 45min. Un­til Oc­to­ber 22. Wil­liams (vi­ola) and Michelle Wood (cello). They per­form a pro­gram of Beethoven, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Syd­ney Opera House, Ut­zon Room, Ben­ne­long Point. To­mor­row, 3pm. Tick­ets; $40$60. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Harry Pot­ter and the Cham­ber of Se­crets Syd­ney Symphony Orches­tra plays John Wil­liams’s score from Harry Pot­ter’s sec­ond year at Hog­warts in Harry Pot­ter and the Cham­ber of Se­crets along­side a screen­ing of the film in the Syd­ney Opera House’s largest venue, the Con­cert Hall. Syd­ney Opera House, Con­cert Hall, Ben­ne­long Point. Opens Wed­nes­day, 7pm. Tick­ets: $49$149. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Un­til Oc­to­ber 7. Re­cent works

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