This year’s festival boasts a selection of 30 films, the best and latest in German cinema, a number of which are screening for the first time outside Germany. Fassbinder receives particular attention with Lola and the Australian premiere of Enfant Terrible.
This is a gentle but assertive book. The author, a social psychologist by trade, has produced a work of contemporary philosophy in which he argues that kindness is hard-wired into us as human beings. We are as a species built for co-operation and collaboration, though, of course, we do not always behave in this way.
This superb collection of poetry is about childbearing. The editors speak in their introduction of ‘the ineffable mosaic of wonder, fatigue, love, elation, discomfort and tedium experienced during pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.’ The works selected also speak of the diversity of experience around the whole notion of childbearing – birth, pain, blood, loneliness, heritage, abortion, IVF, infertility, still birth, rape. But also, joy.
Take Me Home is a story of the search for self and family. Our heroine Elle honours the wishes of her beloved grandmother by taking her ashes to her Scottish homeland, which she left at the age of 15 with a mystery in her wake.
Elle’s life to date has been one of feeling like a square peg in her family. Her siblings have all followed academic paths to successful careers; her mother is a bit of a helicopter, wanting Elle to also follow that expected path. Only her dad and her grandma (his mother) seem to understand that she is of a different ilk.
Hachette Australia 2021 Offset by arrangement with Graydon House Books, an imprint of Harlequin, a division of Harper Collins Publishers USA
The Warsaw Orphan joins a growing collection of books about aspects of the Holocaust, this one the Nazi occupation of Poland. It is a story focused on families caught up in the cruelties and privations of the period – the Jews who were placed in the confines of the ghetto in Warsaw and the Catholic Poles living in relative comfort but still under great duress and hardship in the part of the city outside those walls.
Screening from 13 May 2021 Palace Electric Canberra, Hoyts Belconnen and Woden, and Limelight, Tuggeranong 119 minutes, rated PG
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Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Katherine McNamara, Tom Everett Scott, Jedidiah Goodacre, Patrick Bergin, Rose Reid
Director and screenplay: Brian Baugh
Story by: Jenny B. Jones
Music composed by: Kieran Kiely, Timothy Williams
Finley, a talented aspiring violinist, meets Beckett, a famous young movie star, on the way to her college semester abroad program in a small coastal village in Ireland. An unexpected romance emerges as the heartthrob Beckett leads the uptight Finley on an adventurous reawakening, and she emboldens him to take charge of his future, until the pressures of his stardom get in the way. (Summary from imdb.com)
This is compassionate writing. There is compassion for the two young Australian women whose search for love and self is the framework of the story, compassion for the cruelly misused Thai tourist trade elephants, for the Thai people whose daily lives are shaped by the demands of Western tourists ever in pursuit of exotic entertainment, for the reader lest we find the harsh reality of the results of our wanton search for pleasure too gruelling to face.
In a celebration of Beethoven’s 251st birthday, after his 250th party was sadly cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, Maestro Louis Sharpe makes his conducting debut with the NCO as it performs the thunderous Symphony No 5 in C minor.
51 Camp Street Sutton NSW 2pm Saturday 8 May 2021 Some of the exhibiting artists will be in attendance
All are welcome to the official opening of Sutton Village Gallery with its first exhibition of 22 artists, working in a variety of mediums including painting, printmaking, drawing, ceramics, glass, photography & sculpture.
Sutton Village Gallery is committed to promoting Australian artists, especially its regional artists, makers & designers. Most artists are local. Workshops with local artists are in the planning stages.
A group exhibition at Strathnairn Arts 96 Stockdill Drive Holt ACT Until 30 May 2021 Open Thursday to Sunday 10am to 4pm Opening 5.30pm Thursday 6 May 2021 – RSVP [email protected]
This diverse collection is testament to the collegial strength of the Belconnen Artists Network (BEAN), a group of artists who support each other’s practice with regular meetings and an annual exhibition. Mediums in this year’s iteration include painting, photomedia, and textile art.
In this, her second novel, Kaneana May brings us a story of family. Most families will experience times of loss, grief, sadness, dispute, misunderstanding, failures of communication and petty bickering. But amidst it all there is usually love. And indeed, this is what we see in the lives of the three women at the centre of this epic tale.
Emma Bowd’s lilting rhymes and Tania McCartney’s jaunty images marry beautifully in this new toddler book.
Who cannot remember their children or grandchildren clomping about in the grown-ups’ shoes? Of perhaps young parents will recall doing this themselves. And this is where the book positions itself, not just with its story of all the wonderful and varied shoes in a normal life, but in the visual perspective of a child, who of course often sees the world by looking up.
Britain, 2021 Showing in Canberra at Hoyts and Limelight Directed by Martin Owen
With Sir Michael Caine in the role of Fagin, this modern take on Dickens’ Oliver Twist already had my ears pricked up. And indeed when he comes on screen with that characteristic voice, he is always a pleasure to watch.
This ‘adaptation’ is more of a rewrite. It sees an orphaned Twist with an artistic mother, from whom he receives an art education and probably his talent, grow into a free-running spray paint artist who falls foul of the law and is rescued by Fagin’s band of thieves.