All posts by Evelyn Palmer

Evelyn's passion for all the arts began when her parents took her to a wonderful performance of the Opera 'Carmen' at J C Williamson Theatre in Newtown circa 1965. The music, singing, costumes and sets were mesmerising. This led to her subscribing annually to the youth series of Opera, evening camping out in William St Kings Cross to get the 'best' seats. She enjoys classical music and subscribes to the ABC orchestral concerts. Being a sentimentalist, she even took over the seats her late parents held since 1973, when the Opera House opened. She also loves the theatre, having variously subscribed to the STC and Belvoir (called the Nimrod Theatre back then) since her university days. For the past 30 years she has had a subscription to the Ensemble Theatre, organising group bookings for about 40 similarly passionate theatre goers. Apart from enjoying and attending all types of live performances, be it drama or stage musicals, getting immersed into the movies is another delightful pastime. She volunteers annually at the Sydney Film Festival (SFF) and watches all genres, except fantasy. She recalls spending entire weekends at the SFF when it was held at the Wintergarten Cinema in Rose Bay (until its closure in 1987). Having almost retired from teaching, she now has more time to revel in all of the above pursuits.

SHEPHERD : DOWNSTAIRS @ BELVOIR STREET

‘Shepherd’. Pic by Matt Predny

SHEPHERD is an absurdist play written and directed by Liam Maguire. The cast of 6 very talented actors (Grace Victoria, Rose Riley, Jacob Warner, Mark Paguio, Cece Peters, Adam Sollis) each play their role in a brilliant and thoroughly believable way. 

This dark satire looks at the age old concern of trying to find yourself when you have so many insecurities and are unsure of yourself,  or your place in this crazy world. Continue reading SHEPHERD : DOWNSTAIRS @ BELVOIR STREET

LA BELLE EPOQUE (A BEAUTIFUL ERA)

 

LA BELLE EPOQUE (A Beautiful Era) is a charming, funny, fantasy, in a very French way.

 Sixty year old Victor(Daniel Auteuil) is a technophobic out of work cartoonist. Marianne (Fanny Ardant) his wife for over 40 years is a seemingly ‘modern’ woman, who in exasperation, throws Victor out of their marital home. This action starts a chain of events, where both both fact and fantasy  are relived.

 ‘Time Travellers’ is a historical re-enactment company owned by Antoine(Guillaume Canet) a friend of Victor’s son. A gift voucher for ‘Time Travellers’ allows Victor to relive his original wonderful meeting with Marianne, on 16 May 1974 in a bar in Lyon. The situation goes somewhat array when Victor falls for the actor Margot (Doria Filler) playing the part of his future ‘wife’. To further complicate matters, Margot is also Antoine’s lover.

 The movie is beautifully filmed. The sets, especially in the re-enactment scenes are marvellous and capture the periods conveyed with great accuracy. For fans of nostalgia and also baby boomers – the 1970’s re-enactment provides a complete trip down memory lane. Wonderful songs and music from the era is played throughout, fully evocative of that ‘hedonistic’ period.

 Excellent performances by all the lead actors, but especially the characters played by Auteuil and Tiller. There are many smaller parts – all are charmingly executed.

 Fantasy, nostalgia and reality collide and intertwine, with the result that ‘La Belle Epoque’ is an entertaining and heartwarming French film.

 LA BELLE EPOQUE screened as a media preview of the upcoming French Film Festival. The 31st season of the French Film Festival will screen between 10th March and the 8th April,2020 at Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Chauvel, Palace Central and Hayden Orpheum cinemas.

http://www.frenchfilmfestival.org