Sydney Film Festival
It’s a favourite time of year for cinema lovers across the Inner West and beyond: the Sydney Film Festival is here with plenty of brilliant films on offer.
The Sydney Film Festival is back for its 60th year, presenting all styles of film from feature-length affairs to short films and docos, crossing genres, languages and ages to create a festival that is universally appealing. From the highly anticipated Pixar prequel Monster’s University to the Italian drama It’s About to Rain, there is something for everyone. But it’s not just about the films; this festival is also enjoyed for its atmosphere, panels and performances.
In celebration of the festival we are giving readers the chance to win a double pass to It’s About to Rain, a film that tells the story of Said – a young Italian- born and raised man of Algerian heritage who faces deportation back to the country of his ancestors, a place he has never even visited. A gripping and touching tale that resonates with the immigration history of Australia, screenings are on June 13th (6.15pm) and 15th (6pm) at Dendy Opera Quays Cinema.
From the creator of popular television series Secret Diary of a Call Girl, comes this unmissable play about money, power and fraud showing at the New Theatre this June.
Written by acclaimed British writer, Lucy Prebble, Enron tells the story of one of the most famous scandals in corporate history – the spectacular rise and notorious fall of the American energy giant Enron and its founding partners Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling.
Follow this story of greed and loss and get a look inside the glamourous world of those who spun the hype before things went south and ‘Enron’ became synonymous with corporate abuse and accounting fraud.
The season runs from June 4-29, Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 5pm. For more information and tickets ($32 or $17 on Cheap Wednesdays) visit www.newtheatre.org.au.
To WIN a double pass to the show, see our Giveaways page.
Sunday 2nd June
Timor-Leste: Moving Forward, Looking Back
This photographic exhibition, held at the Art Est. Art School and Gallery, showcases the work of Conor Ashleigh during his visits to the island of Timor-Leste between 2009-2013. The gallery will be split into two series: the first, called Coffee: From Tree to Cup, showcases the coffee farming process which is the country’s second largest export after crude oil. The second series is titled Timor Remember and is an exploration of the history and culture of the island and its people. Together, this exhibition invites viewers to consider the lives of one of Australia’s neighbours. For more information, visit www.artest.com.au.
Where: 67-69 Lords Rd, Leichhardt
Sunday 2nd June
Commedia dell’Arte Free Performance
Commedia dell’Arte is a form of theatre, easily recognisable by its masked characters and focus on improvisation, which originates from 16th century Italy. As part of their Site and Sound program this year, Leichhardt council is holding a free public performance of the Fools in Progress group at the conclusion of their five-day course on Commedia dell’Arte this Sunday. This exhibition goes from 3:30pm to 5pm and there will be a reception with the group afterwards. Anyone with a keen interest in theatre should not miss out on this rare opportunity to experience such a unique art form.
Where: Leichhardt Town Hall, Cnr Marion and Norton Streets.
Friday 7th June
This is the Australian premiere of celebrated audio-visual artist Ryoji Ikeda’s two latest works. Born in Japan and internationally renowned for his creation of fantastic environments that meld sight and sound, Ikeda’s newest piece utilises five projectors to illuminate a 28×8 metre screen with a hypnotising pattern of “projected and synchronised data and sound.” This is a free exhibition that runs from 10am to 6pm so there is no reason not to pop down and give it a look. If his art interests you, Ikeda will be performing a concert of this material at 8pm. For more info, visit www.carriageworks.com.au
Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh.
Sunday 9th June
What a Relief
Running until Sunday 9th June, ‘What a Relief’ is up-and-coming artist Adam Galea’s fourth solo exhibition. As the title of the show punily suggests, this exhibition focuses on relief sculpture; a type of sculpting that projects from a two-dimensional background with a history that dates back over 20,000 years. This form of art has become quite uncommon in modern times, largely due to its strong connection with ancient myth, and Adam wishes to reinvigorate society’s interest in it. For those interested in “figurate narratives, strange circumstances and odd sensations,” all presented through sculpture, visit the Chrissie Cotter Gallery this week.
Where: Pidcock St, Camperdown
Wednesday 12th June
Kids and Toy Swap
Are your kids too old for their toys and too big for their clothes? Looking to save money when getting them new toys and clothes? If so, then the Kids Toy and Clothing Swap is the place for you. Supporting the idea of collaborative consumption, Leichhardt Council is holding an event to encourage the swapping and reusing of products between families. Simply trade at least ten separate items before 10am on Wednesday for tokens (you get one token per item) and when the swap begins at 10:30am, you use these tokens to ‘purchase’ other contributed items. Entry is free but you need to register in advance by calling 9367 9381.
Where: Leichhardt Town Hall. More info at www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au.
Friday 21st June
This 17 year-old community-run event is back again with this year’s theme being ‘A Celebration of Friendship.’ Based in Central Australia, the 2013 Beanie Festival will be represented in Sydney at the Tali Gallery, an institution that was made specifically for Indigenous artists. This gallery is working directly with local schools and communities to raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, while showcasing the best entries from the 21st June until the end of July, everyday from 11am to 6pm. If you wish to support this cause, or you just really like beanies, then come along and check out the exhibit! For more info, visit www.taligallery.com.au.
Tali Gallery: 667 Darling St, Rozelle.
Baby Rhyme Time
The popular Baby Rhyme Time is expanding to all Marrickville Library branches this month with sessions at Dulwich Hill (10.45am Tuesdays), Marrickville (10.30am Mondays and Thursdays), St Peters Library (10.30am Wednesdays) and Stanmore (11am Wednesdays). Designed for 0 to 2 year olds, Baby Rhyme Time introduces children to the joys of literature, and helps them to develop the skills they need to learn to read and communicate from an early age. Bookings are taken from 9.30am on the day of the session at Marrickville Library (9335 2175), and from 10am at Dulwich Hill (9335 2182), Stanmore (9335 2183) and St Peters Libraries (9335 2184).
Call your library for more information.
Compiled by Max Kobras.