(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