The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - DS

(M) We’ve seen count­less movies about the woes of teenage kids, but they’re usu­ally aged be­tween 16 and 18. Here, Kayla (the re­mark­able Elsie Fisher), the fo­cus of youth­ful di­rec­tor Bo Burn­ham’s first fea­ture, is only 13, an “in-be­tween” age that many of us prob­a­bly re­mem­ber as be­ing dif­fi­cult and painful. When Kayla was a baby her mother left — un­der what cir­cum­stances we never dis­cover — and the ab­sence of a mother’s love is a gap­ing void in her life. Her dad, Mark (Josh Hamil­ton), is a de­voted fa­ther, but com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the two is dif­fi­cult given that Kayla is not ex­actly ar­tic­u­late — her favourite word is “cool”, but she tells her dad he’s “weird” when he’s only act­ing con­cerned. Eighth Grade is filled with in­sights, both hu­mor­ous and painful.

Tran­scen­den­tal Aus­tralian Je­sus For nearly 50 years, Frank Wat­ters lived in an apart­ment that was like a trea­sure trove. Ev­ery sin­gle wall was crammed floor to ceil­ing with his per­sonal art col­lec­tion. Wat­ters’s apart­ment was on the top floor above an East Syd­ney gallery named af­ter him, run by Wat­ters and his co-direc­tors, Ge­of­frey and Alexan­dra Legge. Last month, Wat­ters in­vited three se­nior cu­ra­tors from the Art Gallery of NSW to choose whatever they liked from his art col­lec­tion, which he would then do­nate to the gallery. Anne Ryan was one of the cu­ra­tors who vis­ited Wat­ters’s apart­ment. Ryan de­cided to

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