The Transitions Film Festival is touring to Dendy Newtown in Sydney this March with an enthralling selection of its most engrossing and inspiring documentaries about the existential challenges and creative visions that are redefining what it means to be human.
Dendy Cinemas are gearing up to host a series of retro screenings themed to feature food, drink and moments reminiscent of those in the movies.
On Monday July 31st at Dendy Opera Quays will host two separate screenings of the iconic movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s – starring the fabulous Audrey Hepburn in one of her most iconic roles on screen.
Dendy Cinema-goers can attend either a 10am session with a coffee & croissant, or a 6:30pm session with a glass of champagne (just like Audrey) for either of these two very special limited screenings. Continue reading BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S : A LOVELY TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE
“An artist’s interest in gardening is to produce pictures without brushes.” Anna Lea Merritt
The latest luminous film from Exhibition on Screen is from the Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut located at the former boarding house in Connecticut where the artists gathered .
Narrated by Gillian Anderson and directed by Phil Grabsky, with some voice over of artist’s letters of the time, it documents how the American impressionist movement followed its own path, whilst taking heed of leading French impressionists such as Renoir and Cezanne.
It also puts the art movement in context of the development of America at the time with the adoption of Impressionist techniques by US artists and it examines the way the movement interacted with changing attitudes to gardens, as well as the many other upheavals in American society at the time. Continue reading EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : THE ARTIST’S GARDEN : AMERICAN IMPRESSIONISM
Directed by Phil Grabsky this is an autobiographical exploration of the great Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s life based on his voluminous correspondence (over 2500 letters). The letters are mellifluously, eloquently read by Henry Goodman and in the background there is a dreamy soundscape including compositions by Satie.
Many of Monet’s works, over a hundred, now scattered around the globe, are luminously photographed in closeup so we can see the swirling brushstrokes.
The film features glorious view of favourite Monet locations including Paris and Giverny and we can see the changes that have taken place since Monet’s time. Continue reading EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : I, CLAUDE MONET
Filmed at the Garrick Theatre, this is an emotionally compelling, raw and gripping production that has just closed in London. It is the last of the season of the Kenneth Branagh Company performances.
Branagh follows yet again in the footsteps of Olivier in taking on the iconic role of Archie Rice, the fading ‘comic’ music hall star.
When Osborne’s THE ENTERTAINER was first produced in 1957, it had great impact, similar to another of his play’s, Look Back In Anger. We see England, after the Suez crisis, a declining power, wistfully reflecting on its former Imperial glory. This now resonates with contemporary force with the Brexit debate.
THE ENTERTAINER is at its strongest when the playwright vents his spleen. The family arguments have the piercing intensity of a Tennessee Williams or a Eugene O’Neill.
As designed by Christopher Oram we are in a bedraggled theatre. The halcyon past of a seaside resort are seen in one dimension, evoked by a fading travel poster. All the action is framed in a tarnished gilt proscenium arch; theatrical and domestic scenes fluidly interchange.
Branagh as Archie Rice gives a bravura performance. We see many sides to Archie; the suave sophisticated musical hall artiste on stage, the charming cad and serial womaniser, and and the broken, tired and haunted man terrified of being a mediocre failure who is ‘dead behind the eyes’.
He is nimble in his light-footed tapping and twirling, in tuxedo and bow tie, with a flick of the wrist and his quicksilver tongue, he is full of vibrant, dangerous mischief. Some of the innuendo –laden gags performed with a determined smile now seem excruciatingly cringe worthy and verge on the offensive, including some misogynistic lines, some blasts against the Poles and the Irish and some jingoistic songs.
Archie can be seen as a Shakespearean anti hero character, aneathetising his slow spiritual death with nostalgia, drink and humour yet still full of distinctive aplomb and seedy magnetism. We do get to feel his hidden self loathing and desperation.
Sophie McSherra was excellent as Jean , Archie’s rather brittle idealistic daughter, strong willed, recently politicised and trying to make more of her life.
As her half brother, pacifist Frank, handsome Jonah Hauer-King, is tremendous. We see his confusion and pain, and his attempts to protect Archie.
Greta Scacchi plays Phoebe, Archie’s put upon wife, who is weary and is descending into a life of soddled drunkenness. She has been searching for something more from her life however circumstances intervened and she now sees herself as being past her best. A victim of class snobbery and infidelity she is now stuck in the provinces and looking after Billy Rice.
Billy Rice, Archie’s father, was magnificenly portrayed by John Hurt. He is now old, frail and doddery but still has a twinkle in his eye, and is wonderfully full of Edwardian staunch pride.
A socially and politically charged study of the mediocre middle class unraveling under the weight of their own failures, this is, atleast for the time being, the last Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company production to take place at the Garrick Theatre, and the last play in which Branagh will star, for the time being.
Running time 2 hours 45 including one interval. There is a short documentary placing the show in context before the performance and an entertaining historical questions screen at interval.
THE ENTERTAINER screens at selected cinemas 17-21 November. Performances at the Garrick Theatre in London closed on November 12 .
Sydney Cinema Locations
THE LIST – FULLY. UPDATED ON 25th October 2019 – SYDNEY ARTS GUIDE presents the complete list of all available Cinema Venues within THE CITY OF SYDNEY area, and in the many SUBURBS OF SYDNEY including many of the small cinema screening room venues. The many locations where Australian and Hollywood Motion Picture Films are screened, and where many exhibitors also regularly screen World Movies:-
Darling Harbour Imax Cinema (still currently closed during 2017-2018-2019-2020 for complete demolition and then re-construction and full conversion into two IMAX cinema screens) CITY OF SYDNEY area, located at 31 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW Tel: (02) 9281-3300 with one screen, located on the waterfront in the heart of Sydney’s Darling Harbour. The minimum size of an IMAX screen is 22 m × 16.1 m (72 ft × 53 ft), Sydney used to have the world’s largest IMAX screen which was eight storeys high and measured 35.7 m x 29.7 m (117.1 ft x 97.4 ft) and offered a vertigo inspiring experience, plus this was also the world’s largest cinema screen. (Venue Seating Capacity = 540) https://www.imax.com.au/
Sydney Event Cinemas CITY OF SYDNEY CBD, street level at 505-525 George Street, Sydney, NSW Tel: (02) 9273-7300 with seventeen screens including Vmax Cinemas and Gold Class Cinemas. Gigantic premium seating price is charged for the limited range of popular 4DX Movies that are now being offered only in their Cinema Eight. However Sydney is still waiting for a cinema venue offering the currently limited range of popular ScreenX Movies. (Venue Seating Capacity = *** ) http://www.eventcinemas.com.au/
Movie Times Website: http://www.movietimes.com.au/
What a dazzling display of dance!
The magnificent Bolshoi Ballet Company is displayed like a jewel itself in the glittering, imposing auditorium and absolutely dazzles with its more than sensational dancing. With new set and costume designs this is an elegant, extremely impressive evening. The first two acts had a design sort of like a bracelet or similar that could be interpreted as city skyscrapers (others have suggested stained glass windows).For ‘Diamonds’ we saw a lyrical, starry backdrop.