Your cultural calendar for the month.
THE JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA presents a huge curation of classic films in Sydney (the Art Gallery of New South Wales, until October 31) and Melbourne (the Australian Centre for the Moving Image; November 22–December 2; japanesefilmfestival.net). NEW SOUTH WALES: Satisfy a thirst for award-winning drops at WINE ISLAND (on Sydney Harbour’s Clark Island), which can be experienced as a hilltop picnic or aboard a superyacht (November 2–4; wineisland.com.au). Comedic actor, sometime-singer and all-round unconventional celebrity BILL MURRAY met cellist Janvogler in line at airport security. Now, the unlikely pair make their concert hall debut at Sydney Opera House, with Murray singing and reading along tovogler on cello (November 9–10; sydneyoperahouse.com). This year’s FESTIVAL OF DANGEROUS IDEAS sees a line-up of speakers from around the globe, including Stephen Fry and Germaine Greer, descend upon Sydney to discuss artificial intelligence and online privacy, among other formidable concepts (November 3–4; festivalofdangerousideas.com). AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY: AMERICAN MASTERS 1940–1980 is a showcase of the National Gallery of Australia’s collection of prominent American artists who changed the landscape of the postwar art world. Think Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman and Roy Lichtenstein (until November 11; nga.gov.au). VICTORIA: In celebration of 50 years of the NGV INTERNATIONAL on St Kilda Road, the gallery will host a tribute to those involved in the creation of the building (until November 11; ngv.vic.gov.au). THE EAST MALVERN FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL returns to Central Park, bringing with it the chance to taste drops from 20Victorian wineries and stock up your pantry with artisanal treats (November 18; eastmalvernfoodandwine.melbourne). For her first major survey exhibition in nearly 20 years, prominent ’70s artist ELIZABETH GOWER will display her most significant works from the past two decades (until November 25; geelonggallery.org.au). The exhibition GOTHIC BEAUTY: VICTORIAN NOTIONS OF LOVE, LOSS AND SPIRITUALITY is a study of mourning rituals from the 1800s to today. Works by contemporary artists Bill Henson, Jane Burton and Janet Beckhouse are displayed alongside Pre-raphaelite paintings and mourning jewellery and costumes from private collections (until February 10, 2019; bendigoartgallery.com.au).
Clockwise from left: installation artist Garth Knight will create a piece for the Festival of Dangerous Ideas (pictured: Bridge, 2018, at Dangrove, Sydney); Cleopatra with the Asp, 1837, by George Baxter (After Guido Reni) as part of the Gothic Beauty exhibition; Wine Island; a still from A Geisha at the Japanese Film Festival; the European Gallery at the National Gallery of Victoria; Jan Vogler and Bill Murray; the foyer of the National Gallery of Victoria in 1968; Cycles 5, 2015, and Cycles 7, 2015, by Elizabeth Gower.