Film & theatre

This is a documentary the US Marine Corps did not want you to see.

The highly topical musical Hadestown won eight awards at this year's annual Tony Awards ceremony in New York on June 9. The Tonys recognise excellence in live Broadway theatre.

Red Joan
Starring Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes & Tereza Srbova
Directed by Trevor Nunn
In cinemas

Red Joan is loosely based on the spying activities of British civil servant Melita Norwood, who was nearly 90 years old when she was exposed as a Soviet agent.

Styx
Director Wolfgang Fischer, starring Susanne Wolff and Gedion Oduor Wekesa
English & German with English subtitles
Screening as part of the

The Styx was the name given by the ancient Greeks to the river dividing the land of the living from that of the dead, Hades. This film is a modern allegory for that journey.

Gundermann
Directed by Andreas Dresen
Starring Alexander Scheer, Anna Unterberger, Peter Schneider, Bjarne Mädel & Milan Peschel
German with English subtitles
Showing as part of the

Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years of Bauhaus
Documentary directed by Niels Bolbrinker & Thomas Tielsch
German & English with English subtitles
Showing as part of the

The Bauhaus was a design school that flourished in Germany from the early 1920s through to the 1930s, when it was extinguished by Nazi repression.

The international release of British director Mike Leigh’s new film Peterloo marks 200 years since the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre in Manchester, England.

2040
Documentary by Damon Gameau
In cinemas

Damon Gameau is an environmentalist who wants to go beyond the dire facts of the impending climate catastrophe. In 2040, he convincingly demonstrates that we already have the technology to not only stop carbon emissions, we have the ability to draw carbon out of the atmosphere to make the world safe again.

This ensemble piece ranges over a series of time zones, travelling from the near future to the early 20th century, mostly in Australia, but also the Ellis Island immigration centre in New York. Its main segment is a deceptively simple, kitchen-sink style, family drama in which home truths are exposed and conventional dishonesties unravelled.

This year’s, taking place in May and June, promises some stellar events.

Some of the most interesting movies in this year’s Spanish Film Festival come from Latin America and among them is this Guatemalan feature.

What is the connection between economic crisis and crises of individual psychology? This subtle Mexican film is as good a representation of it as you could hope for.

Director Benedikt Erlingsson’s latest film, Woman at War is delightful, offbeat and uplifting. The main character is Halla, a choir director in her early 50s, who lives a secret double-life as a lone saboteur of heavy industry threatening her Icelandic environment.

Animal Farm
Play adaption by Nelson Bond, based on the novel by George Orwell
Directed & produced by Sarah Christiner.
Life on Hold Productions.
Victoria Park Hotel, Perth
Until April 12

Tout le Monde Debout (Rolling to You)
Directed by Franck Dubosc
Starring Franck Dubosc, Alexandra Lamy, Elsa Zylberstein
Showing as part of the  across Australia in March and April

Remember Pretty Woman back in 1990 where rich guy Richard Gere raced off fallen-woman sex worker Julia Roberts? 

Un Amor Impossible (An Impossible Love) is based on the controversial novel by Christine Angot, one of France’s angriest public intellectuals. The story is plainly autobiographical and leaves no painful fact unrevealed.

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