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American playwright and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley, who created the classic ‘Moonstruck’, brings his sweeping romantic vision to Ireland with WILD MOUNTAIN THYME.

The headstrong farmer Rosemary Muldoon (Emily Blunt) has her heart set on winning her neighbour Anthony Reilly’s love. The problem is Anthony (Jamie Dornan) seems to have inherited a family curse, and remains oblivious to his beautiful admirer. 

Stung by his father Tony’s (Christopher Walken) plans to sell the family farm to his American nephew Adam (Jon Hamm), Anthony is jolted into pursuing his dreams in this comedic, moving and wildly romantic tale.

WILD MOUNTAIN THYME starring Emily Blunt, Jamie Dornan, Christopher Walken and Jon Hamm releases in cinemas on Thursday February 4, 2021.

Madman Films has kindly given Sydney Arts Guide 50 in season double passes and 10 buy one get one free passes to see this quirky, touching romantic comedy. Email editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with WILD MOUNTAIN THYME PROMOTION in the subject heading and your postal address in the body of your email. Winners will be advised by email.


Oliver Sacks as a young boy
Oliver Sacks surrounded by his friends

This was a fascinating documentary made by leading American feature documentary maker Ric Burns about the famous American neurologist who made his name by writing a voluminous number of books about different neurological conditions with such catchy titles as ‘The Man who mistook his wife for a hat’.

What made his books stand out was that he went into the cases in depth and with great lucidity and empathy. Here were people experiencing the world in a very different way from the norm, and Sacks takes us deeply into their world in a very real and yet poetic way. Continue reading OLIVER SACKS : HIS OWN LIFE: FIVE DOUBLE PASSES


MOUNTAIN is a unique cinematic and musical collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom.

The film is a dazzling exploration of our obsession with mountains. Only three centuries ago, climbing a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. The idea scarcely existed that wild landscapes might hold any sort of attraction. Peaks were places of peril, not beauty. Why, then, are we now drawn to mountains in our millions? Continue reading 5 DOUBLE PASSES TO THE BRILLIANT NEW AUSTRALIAN DOCUMENTARY ‘MOUNTAIN’



Can hope trigger hallucination to the magnitude that one accepts the homecoming of a family member after a little over three years where the change of appearance and speech is remarkable to the point of impossible?

That’s the premise of THE IMPOSTER, a documentary of a story so improbable it beggars belief.

Nicholas Barclay is a thirteen year old Texan who vanishes seemingly into thin air. Three and a half years later, his family is informed that he has been located in Spain. According to the traumatised teen, he was abducted by white slavers for sexual servitude in a situation that erased his natural speech and caused some kind of cultural amnesia.

Astonishingly, this is accepted by the American authorities in Spain who issue him with a passport and even more astonishingly by his mother, sister, and brother in law. The kidnapped kid, who would be 17 years old tops, with blue eyes, presents as a much older person with brown eyes, and an accent compatible with an English as second language speaker. But the folks figuratively lay out the fatted cow for the fellow, embracing him to their bosom, dismissing all doubt about his bona fides.

Its incomprehensible that the inconsistencies are so glaring and that the family blithely turn a blind eye to them. Is it born of a desperation to believe their kin has returned or a desperation more sinister.

The imposter becomes a composter of subterfuge, discombobulation, and deceit that has a seasoned FBI agent stymied and a dogged gumshoe determined to discover where the truth lies.

Documentarian Bart Layton fuses confessional interviews with dramatic re-enactment to deliver a film that is incomparable in its incredulity, a film of fooling, fibbing and fakery of unfathomable proportions.

What unfolds is a movie about a master masquerade, a charming chameleon charlatan challenging fact to fall to fiction in a charade that shook and shattered logic, yielding reason to illusion.

Stranger than fiction, full of stuff and nonsense, the preposterous THE IMPOSTER is a compulsively riveting expose of the implausible, the gullible and the guilty on a collision course.

THE IMPOSTER (M) Available on DVD and digital download from Madman from July 17.