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Movies

WAKE IN FRIGHT

Mateship quickly deteriorates into mayhem in this startling, surreal study of the Australian national character. Originally released in 1971, it has now been remastered and features standout performances by Gary Bond, Jack Thompson and Chips Rafferty. (AB)

SHALL WE KISS?

Writer-director-actor, Emmanuel Mouret’s latest offering is a love story within a love story. Émilie (Julie Gayet) and Gabriel (Michaël Cohen) have a chance meeting that leads to dinner and drinks. Gabriel asks for an innocent goodbye kiss leading Émilie to decline and recount the story of a "friend" whose life dramatically changed by such a […]

THE PROPOSAL

Sandra Bullock stars as Margaret Tate, a self-absorbed boss from hell who faces deportation to Canada. To circumvent this, she plans a sham marriage to her long-suffering assistant, Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds.) The weekend is spent meeting the in-laws and getting to “know” each other. Despite originally loathing their colleague, the pair soon discovers that […]

Call for outdoor cafés to be non-smoking

Waverley cafés and restaurants with more than 10 outdoor seats should provide a non-smoking area according to Waverley councillor Kerryn Sloan. The measure would apply to cafés and restaurants that use council land for outdoor seating. "Fifty percent of the outdoor seating should be non-smoking," said Cr Sloan. "We see a lot of people dining, […]

SOUNDS ON SCREEN AT THE SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

Why just hear your music when you could see it too? That seems to be the premise of the huge rise in the production and popularity of music documentaries, taking audiences on tour through the histories and mythologies of their favourite music personalities and movements. Not in its third year, the Sounds on Screen program […]

Terminator Salvation

Man versus Machine, Skynet versus the Resistance - once again we are thrown into the apocalyptic battle that has come to immortalise this infamous series, however this time around the battle lines have changed, and so have the tactics of war. Set in the tumultuous future after Skynet's global attacks, Terminator Salvation follows John Connor […]

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2009

Promising to push, fire up, freak out, kiss and tickle you, this year's Sydney Film Festival isn't skimpy on variety. Here's a short-list of our favourites. Disgrace Friday 5 Jun 6.30pm State Theatre Sat 6 Jun 10.00am State Theatre This is the hot ticket this festival. Based on the Nobel Prize-winning novel by South African […]

WAKE IN FRIGHT

It's the Australian classic that no-one's seen. And probably never would have, bar a staggering stroke of luck. Wake in Fright made a big splash when it came out in 1971, debuting at the Cannes Film Festival to rapturous acclaim abroad - if less so on home shores. Starring Gary Bond and Donald Pleasence, it […]

LUCKY COUNTRY

Lucky Country is a convincing psychological thriller that generally strikes gold. It’s 1902, and a series of dark events unfold following the arrival of three soldiers to the remote homestead of father Nat (Aden Young), daughter Sarah (Hanna Mangan-Lawrence) and son Tom (Toby Wallace). (AB)

LAST RIDE

In the familiar genre of Australian films focusing on criminals, this offering from first-time feature length director Glendyn Ivan is a rare gem. A father, desperately attempting to outrun the law after committing a violent crime, takes his ten year old son, Chook, on the road. It quickly becomes clear that the greatest challenge in […]