Anne Walberg (Emmanuelle Devos) was once the star of her industry – a perfumer whose ability to produce enticing new fragrances was second to none and which saw her rise through a competitive landscape. She remains in demand, but her intemperate behaviour has made her difficult. However, striking up an unlikely friendship with her equally troubled new driver, Anne sees a way to return to the top, which might offer a solution to both their problems.
Arcadia Films has given Sydney Arts Guide ten in season double passes to give away. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with PERFUMES PROMOTION in the subject heading. Please provide your postal address in the body of your email. Winners will be advised by email.
THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN INDEFINITELY POSTPONED DUE TO SYDNEY’S CURRENT COVID 19 OUTBREAK
East Meets West Orchestral Evening will present a unique blend of music from China and beyond. This is a stellar opportunity for audiences in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide to hear some of Australia’s finest musicians perform Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto and Yellow River Piano Concerto, two hugely popular Chinese classics, rarely performed live on Australian stages, touring late June to September 2021.
Guy Noble, revered music maestro, esteemed award-winning conductor will direct a 50 piece orchestra comprising musicians from leading symphony orchestras from Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane. Guest artists include Australia’s top pianist Tony Lee, winner of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition, accomplished violinist Sun Yi, (Associate Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony) leading Sydney-based Guzheng musician Angie Liu, mezzo soprano Victoria Lambourn and soprano Sharon Zhai.
The repertoire is a combination of traditional and contemporary music from the east and the west. Mezzo soprano Victoria Lambourn will sing the Habanera from Carmen and soprano Sharon Zhai will perform Pamir – My Beautiful Hometown. Tony Lee will play the celebrated and technically advanced Yellow River Piano Concerto, a joyful exuberant piece which has truly crossed the continental borders and become immensely acclaimed in the West, it was performed centre stage at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. It was written by Yin Chengzong and Chu Wanghua and based on the Xian Xinghai’s Yellow River Cantata.
“This is the first time I will perform the Yellow River Piano Concerto in Sydney” says Tony Lee. “It’s an incredible honour to perform the work, which is treasured not just in China, but also by the wider world. I’m delighted to share the grace and beauty of this work with new audiences.”
Sun Yi will take to the stage for the second highlight in the program, the heartbreaking love story, China’s Romeo and Juliet, Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, written by Chinese composers He Zhanhao and Chen Gang in 1959. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to perform the much-loved classical Chinese masterpiece Butterfly Lovers. It has always been my ambition to play it in Australia. I am tremendously excited to be able to do so,” says Sun Yi.
The concert is an Image China cultural & arts event organised by China Arts and Entertainment Group Ltd (CAEG) in association with China Cultural Centre Sydney, presented by Ausfeng. They aim to introduce traditional and contemporary Chinese performing arts to audiences around the world. Since its inception in 2009 it has presented numerous inspirational works at venues across the globe.
The concert EAST MEETS WEST ORCHESTRAL EVENING will take place at Sydney Town Hall on Friday 9th July at 7.30pm.
Sydney Arts Guide has ten double passes to give away to the concert. Please email email@example.com with EAST VERSUS WEST CONCERT PROMOTION in the subject heading and please provide your mobile phone number and your postal address in the body of your email. Winners will be advised by email.
Featured image ; Top left- Angie Liu, Sharon Zhai. Bottom left Victoria Lamboum, Tony Lee, Sun Yi. Far right Conductor Guy Noble.
Join Peter & Anne’s fantastic journey to the moon in MOONBOUND , based on a best-selling children’s book classic.
When Peter sets out on a magical journey to rescue his little sister Anne, he needs to travel to mysterious territory: the Moon!
Anne was kidnapped by the evil Moon Man when she tried to help the beetle Mr. Zoomzeman search for his wife.
On his fantastic adventure, Peter lands on the Star Meadow where he meets the sleepy Mr. Sandman. He knows, only at the Night Fairy’s dinner in the castle in the clouds, they can find out where Anne is – but there aren’t enough seats for everyone.
So they join the wild race along the Milky Way against the five Spirits of Nature: Storm Giant, Lightning Witch, Henry Hail, Rainy Robin and Mother Frost…
A middle aged businessman arrives in Rome on a flight from Canada. At customs, the border agent asks if the man is visiting Italy for business or for pleasure. But the man cannot answer. It’s neither business nor pleasure.
“Just pick one, Signore,” the border agent intones…and so begins From The Vine, the story of Mark Gentile, an attorney and automotive company executive who travels to his childhood home after a major humiliation in business.
Mark returns to the tiny village of Acerenza in Southern Italy, where he visits the vineyard where he grew up and finds it in a state of disrepair. Mark gets an idea to bring the overgrown property back to life and start producing wine again. Mark convinces various denizens of Acerenza, each with their own comedic personality, to aid him in this seemingly impractical effort, promising everyone a share in the business if it is successful. Concerned about his sudden and lengthy trip, Mark is eventually joined by his wife Marina, and his twenty-something daughter, Laura, who’s purpose is lost. Continue reading FROM THE VINE : TEN DOUBLE PASSES→
Single-mother Sandra (Clare Dunne) escapes her abusive partner with her two young children, only to find herself trapped in temporary accommodation.
After months of struggling, she draws inspiration from one of her daughter’s bedtime stories and hits upon the idea of self-building an affordable home.
She finds an architect who provides her with plans and is offered land by Peggy (Harriet Walter), a woman she cleans for. Aido (Conleth Hill), a building contractor, appears willing to help too.
As her past rears its head, in the form of Gary (Ian Lloyd Anderson), her possessive ex, and as bureaucrats fight back against her independent spirit, will Sandra be able to rebuild her life from the ground up?
Eve Myles (Victoria/Torchwood) reprises her role as Faith in the third season of the popular Welsh thriller KEEPING FAITH. Acorn Media have released the series to DVD & iTunes today June 2.
Two weeks away from their divorce and a hearing that will determine their children’s future custody, Faith (Eve Myles) and Evan (Bradley Freegard) are at loggerheads. Refusing to let go, Evan is insanely jealous of Faith’s burgeoning love affair with Steve Baldini (Mark Lewis Jones) and fearful that they intend to start a new life together.Continue reading ‘KEEPING FAITH’ SERIES 3 : 5 DVDS TO GIVE AWAY→
New York, 1971. Following his celebrated days as one of the most revered photojournalists of World War II, W. Eugene Smith (Johnny Depp) has become a recluse, disconnected from society and his career. But a secret commission from Life Magazine editor Robert Hayes (Bill Nighy) sends him to the Japanese coastal city of Minamata, which has been ravaged by mercury poisoning; the result of decades of gross industrial negligence by the country’s Chisso Corporation.
There, Smith immerses himself in the community, documenting their efforts to live with Minamata Disease and their passionate campaign to achieve recognition from Chisso and the Japanese Government. Armed only with his trusted camera, Smith’s images from the toxic village give the disaster a heartbreaking human dimension, and his initial assignment turns into a life-changing experience.
This Tony and Olivier award winning COME FROM AWAY follows the incredible real-life journey of 7,000 air passengers who became grounded in Gander, Newfoundland in Canada in the wake of the September 11 tragedy. The small local community there immediately welcomed the ‘come from aways’ into their lives, providing hope and compassion to those in need.
Now, more than ever, COME FROM AWAY is the perfect show for our time; an opportunity to come together and celebrate an inspirational tale of hope and humanity.
A stellar ensemble cast brings this incredible story to life including Zoe Gertz, Sharriese Hamilton, Douglas Hansell, Kolby Kindle, Phillip Lowe, Simon Maiden, Sarah Morrison, Joseph Naim, Emma Powell, Katrina Retallick, Kellie Rode and Gene Weygandt, together with Angela Kennedy, Josh Marin, Kathleen Moore, Jensen Overend, Kilty Reidy, Ash Roussety, Alana Tranter and Jasmine Vaughns. Continue reading COME FROM AWAY @ THE CAPITOL THEATRE : 2 DOUBLE PASSES→
The delightfully intriguing comedy, THE MAN IN THE HAT will open in cinemas nationally from Thursday 13th May.
The film stars Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones) as the titular character.
The filmis a beautifully framed odyssey of music, storytelling and silent comedy traversing the breathtaking landscapes of France.
The protagonist sets off from Marseilles in a small Fiat 500. On the seat beside him is a framed photograph of an unknown woman. Behind him is a 2CV car into which is squeezed Five Bald Men. Why are they chasing him? And how can he shake them off?
As he travels North through France, he encounters razeteurs, women with stories to tell, bullfights, plenty of delicious food, a damp man, mechanics, nuns, a convention of Chrystallographers and much more. And always, on his tail, the Five Bald Men. Continue reading THE MAN IN THE HAT : TEN DOUBLE PASSES→
It is May 1940, where the war between Germany and its neighbours has intensified. Shockingly, the French army collapses, and Hitler seizes Paris. The government is in panic and considers accepting defeat, but recently promoted two-star General Charles de Gaulle (Lambert Wilson), wants to change the course of history…
His wife, Yvonne (Isabelle Carré), is his first support, but very quickly events spiral out of control and separate them – she and their children set out on the roads of exodus, as Charles travels to London to meet with Winston Churchill. He wants to make another voice heard: that of resistance.
Matching the impact and scale of recent war dramas ‘The Darkest Hour’ and ‘The King’s Choice’ as it depicts crucial incidents in gripping tick-tock fashion, Director Le Bomin expertly mixes the historic and the Romanesque, charting both a military debacle and the eventual revelation of a destiny.
DE GAULLE opens in cinemas on Thursday 6th May, 2021.
Sydney Arts Guide has three in season double passes to give away to DE GAULLE. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with DE GAULLE PROMOTION in the subject heading and your postal address in the body of your email. Winners will be advised by email.
Featured image : Isabella Carre and Lambert Wilson in ‘De Gaulle’
In difficult times, a predictable, corny, feel good middle-aged, middle to upper class romantic comedy may be a good antidote. Without any significant graphic sex or physical violence, THEN CAME YOU, with its travelogue style Scottish countryside scenery, promises a pleasant 98 minute sojourn.
American Annabelle Wilson is suddenly widowed after a 32-year marriage to her husband, Fred. They have lived in Nantucket, the entire time, running their hardware store and going to the movies every week.
On reading his will she discovers that upon his death he wishes to be cremated and have his ashes put in ‘a box of chocolates’ because Forrest Gump was his favourite movie. She determines that “I’ve got to make new memories, or the old ones will kill me. And I’m not ready to die yet.” She makes a list of their favourite 20 movies, sells their house and the hardware store, and leaves her life in Nantucket behind. She travels to Scotland first, in honour of ‘Braveheart’.Continue reading THEN CAME YOU : A CONTEMPORARY ROMANTIC TALE : TEN DOUBLE PASSES→
Sharmill Films and Sonia Friedman Productions are presenting Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed production of the late Edward Albee’s landmark play, captured live for cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.
In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.
Sydney Arts Guide has five double passes to give away to the preview screening at the Dendy Newtown on Wednesday 9th August at 6 pm.
Featured pic – A scene from this year’s opening night film Denial.
Denial, a gripping drama based on one of the most fascinating courtroom battles in modern history, has been selected to open the 2016 Jewish International Film Festival across Australia.
Directed by Mick Jackson(The Bodyguard, L.A. Story) with a screenplay by David Hare(The Reader, The Hours), Denial stars Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz as Professor Deborah Lipstadt who was sued for defamation by author and self-proclaimed historian, David Irving, played by Timothy Spall, for being referenced as a ‘denier’ in Lipstadt’s book, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. Aided by a first-class legal team, helmed by a brilliant, yet maverick barrister, Richard Rampton (Tom Wilkinson), Lipstadt was tasked with proving that the Holocaust did happen in order to discredit Irving and clear her name. Denial,which had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, will screen courtesy of Entertainment One.
Approaching the Holocaust from a different perspective is The Last Laugh, aprovocative documentary that will screen on Closing Night. Director Fearne Pearlstein looks at taboos and comedy and in doing so asks ‘how far’ comedy should go when delving into tragedy. Acknowledging that comedy can play a cathartic and ultimately healing role, this insightful film examines the issue via comedic titans such as Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Larry Charles, Sarah Silverman, Louis C.K., Chris Rock and the late Joan Rivers, along with survivors of the Holocaust including 91-year-old, Auschwitz survivor, Renee Firestone.
Complementing these two remarkable films will be 66 international premiere features and documentaries showcasing the cinema of 19 countries, including the globally fêted Israeli drama, Sand Storm, winner of Best Film and Best Director at the recent 2016 Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy Awards). This Ophir triumph automatically qualifies Sand Stormto beIsrael’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards® and marks the first time that a film entirely in Arabic, rather than Hebrew, will represent Israel.
The Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF) will take place between Thursday 27 October and Wednesday 16 November at Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction.
Sydney Arts Guide has ten in season double passes to giveaway to the Festival. Be one of the first to email the Editor on email@example.com with JIFF competition in the subject heading. Winners will be advised by email. Passes will be sent in the post so please provide a postal address.