Mel Gibson in The Year of Living Dangerously, screening at Arc Cinema on Saturday, September 14.
BACK TO THE 1960s
From director Peter Weir, The Year of Living Dangerously] (1982, M) was adapted from Christopher Koch’s novel of the same name and stars Mel Gibson in one of his earliest roles. Now that the unfinished business of the killings of Indonesia in late 1965 is re-emerging as a theme in current cinema, it’s worth another look. Showing at the Arc Cinema at 2pm. All tickets $6. Bookings: 6248 4000.
Presented by Carl Rafferty, Love Changes Everything pays tribute to some of the greatest composers, shows and performers including Andrea Bocelli, Les Miserables, Andre Rieu, Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Three Tenors and Sarah Brightman. Enjoy 12 of Australia’s top singers and musicians at the Canberra Theatre Centre at 5pm. Tickets $48, however, quote ‘‘PHANTOM’’ when booking on 6275 2700 or at canberratheatrecentre.com.au for a two-for-one special.
Thomas Klopper, played by Lauchlan Ruffy, in Home at the End. See it on Saturday, September 14, at the Canberra Theatre. Photo: Rohan Thomson
Singaporean director Anthony Chen’s [ital]Ilo, Ilo[end ital] (2013, Classification TBC) comes to the Arc Cinema. The winner of the first feature Camera D’or prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, it explores the complex economic and emotional relationships between Filipino migrant workers and the middle-class children they are paid to care for. 7.30pm, tickets $12-$14. Bookings: 6248 4000.
In Canberra’s centenary year, Floriade showcases how innovation can inspire a nation. Floriade pays tribute to the passion and creative behind the capital’s greatest achievements. Inspired by Walter Burley Griffin’s original geometric intention, the gardens beds feature millions of blooms linked to the nation’s stories and treasures. Open from 9am until 5.30pm at Commonwealth Park, Acton. Details at floriadeaustralia.com.
Experience all the fun and excitement of the hit film Footloose now live on stage. Relieve all the classic ’80s anthems such as Holding Out for a Hero and the title track. It’s on at 8pm at the ANU Arts centre, tickets $25-$40. Bookings available through Canberra Repertory Society on 6257 1950 or canberrarep.org.au.
Poor Folk screens at Arc Cinema on Sunday, September 15.
Canberra Repertory Society presents Richard Tulloch’s The Book of Everything in which young Thomas chronicles his life to date in an attempt to find a path to happiness. Theatre 3, 8pm. Tickets $35-$40. Unsuitable for very young audiences. Bookings: 6257 1950 or canberrarep.org.au.
Acclaimed Canberran playwright, Duncan Ley presents a powerful story of life, love, loss and guilt with Home at the End. This mystical tale of a storyteller is not all as it seems as it unravels a journey towards a man’s confrontation with himself and his past. An entertaining and enthralling theatre presentation, Home at the End offers something for all audiences. 8pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, tickets $35-$42, details and bookings at canberratheatrecentre.com.au. Show not suitable for children.
Annie Byron shines with charm and humour in RU4ME. Byron plays Connie, a woman of a certain age who enters the world of online dating with the belief that finding a romantic love is not the impossible dream. Directed by Wayne Harrison this heart-warming and humorous take on the real life hazards of social networking demonstrates that all that appears online may not be as it seems. Showing at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre at 2pm and 8pm, tickets $29-$39. Details at theq.net.au.
SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
The Canberra Short Film Festival celebrates its 18th year by presenting all the best in local, national and international short film this weekend. Recognised as one of Australia’s premier film competitions, the festival is firmly fixed in the cultural calendar of the nation’s capital. Come along to Canberra’s Dendy Theatre for the best Australian Comedy (2pm), best documentaries (4pm) and best Australian drama(7pm). Tickets $11-$18, details at csff.com.au.
NIGHT OF DANCE
The Sydney Dance Company is in town performing Project Rameau. Produced by internationally acclaimed Rafael Bonachela and Richard Tognetti, Project Rameau combines the brilliance of Bonachela’s choreography with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in a performance inspired by the French Baroque dance music of Jean-Philippe Rameau. Canberra Theatre, 7.30pm. Tickets $50-$83. Bookings: 6275 2700 or canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
The Canberra Short Film Festival celebrates its 18th year by presenting all the best in local, national and international short film this weekend. Recognised as one of Australia’s premier film competitions, the festival is firmly fixed in the cultural calendar of the nation’s capital. Come along to Canberra’s Dendy Theatre for the best in international cinema (2pm), and best of the best (6pm) categories. Tickets $11-$18, details at csff.com.au.
Now the federal election has come and gone, it’s time to look back on the trials and tribulations that our politicians experienced along the way. Behind the Lines 2012 looks back on the highs and lows of the political year through the eyes of Australia’s best cartoonists. Enjoy a witty and insightful look into the election campaign. As the old saying goes, a year is a long time in politics. 9am-5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy, Parkes. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children or $5 for a family.
ONE MAN’S TRASH
Time for some spring cleaning? The Rotary Club’s Trash’n’Treasure at the Jamison Centre is the best place to clear your shelves or stock up on supplies for gardening and other household items. Stalls are $20 for the day and entry is by donation. 6am-1pm every Sunday. For more information see belconnenrotary.org.au.
Midi Z’s new film Poor Folk serves as a stark reminder of how the less fortunate of the world get by. Set in the dingy streets of Bangkok, Poor Folk follows the story of two Burmese hustlers as they forgo common moral practices in the struggle both to survive as well as fulfil greater ambitions. The film is for audiences 18+ and is showing at Arc Cinema, 2pm. Tickets $12-$14. For bookings, phone 6248 2000.
In celebration of Queanbeyan’s 175th birthday, Impressions Dance and Fitness explores the past 10 decades through an array of dance styles. Experience the moves that will last forever and the ones that should remain forgotten. With performers of all ages, Dance Through the Decades is a show for the whole family. Performances at 11am and 3pm at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre. Tickets $17-$23, details at theq.net.au.
Presented by Carl Rafferty, Love Changes Everything pays tribute to some of the greatest composers, shows and performers including Andrea Bocelli, Les Miserables, Andre Rieu, Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Three Tenors and Sarah Brightman. Enjoy 12 of Australia’s top singers and musicians at the Canberra Theatre Centre at 7pm. Tickets $48 but quote ‘‘PHANTOM’’ when booking on 6275 2700 or at canberratheatrecentre.com.au for a two-for-one special.