Palace Electric and Hoyts cinemas from 14 January 2021 Family CG-animated feature, 78 min Parental guidance recommended for younger children
The legendary HEINZELMÄNNCHEN of Cologne were gnomes secretly finishing craftmen’s work at night until they were ousted by a tailor’s malevolent wife 200 years ago.
Ever since then, the Heinzels have been hiding in a secret underground habitation where any contact with the upper world – and, most of all, with humans – is strictly forbidden. But one day, lively Heinzel girl Helvi decides that she cannot stand the restriction of this little world any longer.
This debut novel set in Brisbane in the 1890s provides the perfect vehicle for an author with the twin passions of history and social justice.
Joanna Beresford chooses for her heroine Lilian, a young working class woman from an immigrant background, who is forced to fend for herself in the quest for education and improved social standing – and often merely to survive.
At Palace Electric, Dendy and Hoyts in Canberra from 7 January 2021 81 minutes, rated PG – Family
The premise of this originally Danish film (with American voicing) is that our dreams are a kind of sound stage managed by a group of benevolent creatures ensuring we wake in time to avert disaster.
The now rather common story line of a family blending with unlike children having to cope with a sudden unannounced coming together in a home setting, unprepared by previous meetings or outing, feels rather too derivative for my liking.
Palace Electric Canberra Preview 20 December 2020 at 4.10pm Nationally from 26 December Running Time: 123 minutes, rated M
This fictionalised historical drama from the 2020 British Film Festival is inspired by real events, though it takes the liberty of throwing together characters whose paths did not actually cross.
It is the story of three little-known female heroes of WWII, engaged in Churchill’s ring of female spies, who came under the umbrella of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) Their mission was to conduct sabotage and build a resistance.
Described as a memoir, Son of the Brush does indeed introduce us to some of the key figures of the art world in Australia in the 20th and 21st century, in the context of the life of the author, son of painter John Olsen.
Tim Olsen grew up surrounded by people we now consider luminaries, but it is the personal, the candid appraisal of self and family that touched me most deeply in this book.
(A Chic Lady’s Guide to Woman’s Best Friend) Murdoch Books, Australia, 2020
This is a book that has enjoyed sumptuous production treatment with its striking fashion illustration style hard cover and velvety velour spine with cursive gold font. It is indeed an object of desire and worthy of its subject, the mystique of the cat.
This is the fifth of Blanche d’Alpuget’s Birth of the Plantagenets series and I confess that I come to it as a stand alone novel, not having yet read the four previous books. However, while reading the entire series is ideal and recommended, it is perfectly possible to enjoy this one alone.
This is the third of Joanna Nell’s novels, each of which explores aspects of ageing and particularly ageing for women. Jo writes with gentle humour, with compassion and respect, but never shirks from addressing the tough matter of this subject.
Barton Estate Wines 2307 Barton Hwy, Murrumbateman NSW 2582 Part of the DESIGN Canberra festival Until 29 November 2020 10am – 5pm weekends, weekdays by appointment Meet the artist 1pm 29 November
Kylie Fogarty has been artist in residence at Barton Estate for the past seven years.
She has now created an exhibition paintings and drawings, responding to her experiences and exploring the elements which have impacted the wines during this time – heat, rain, hail, and more recently, fire and smoke.
The exhibition pays homage to the landscape around Barton Estate Wines, and is a tribute to the process of viticulture.
The Fitters Workshop, Kingston Tuesday 17 to Sunday 22 November 2020 Public invited to view the works and vote for the People’s Choice
There are 290 works are on display at this year’s exhibition, an amazing feat in COVID times and a mighty job of installation for Vice-President Angharad Dean and her team. The number and calibre of works must also have made it hard work for the judges.
This charming tale of a recue greyhound recounts the (mostly) true story of the author’s adoption of her dog Swifty through Greyhound Connections, a voluntary Canberra based organisation that rehomes former racing greyhounds.