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Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

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Police exchange gun fire at Dunoon – man arrested

At a media conference outside the Lismore police station this morning, Acting Superintendent Susan Johnston, Commander, Richmond Police Area Command, said that a man has been charged over an incident at Dunoon last night.

Not quite ‘too late’

Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia Sir David Attenborough, the world’s most famous naturalist, has just addressed the United Nations Security Council to...

Government modelling fails to reflect women’s interrupted careers

New research to be released this week analyses two decades of Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to estimate the actual labour force experience of women over their life and accounts for working when super is not paid.

Magic mushrooms

David Gilet, Byron Bay As noted in David Heilpern’s article (24 February), with drugs, whether medicinal or recreational, dosage is a...

Suffolk Park pump track for Cavanbah

Kathy Gleeson, Suffolk Park When I first heard of, and supported, the pump track at the Linda Vidler Park in Suffolk...

Byron’s rail reactivation saga continues

Byron Council will consider funding further investigations into getting trains back on the tracks in the Shire, despite strong criticisms of the reports on the matter that have been prepared to date.

The apotheosis of the screen anti-hero has resulted in an identifiable product that is rough’n’ready, solitary, vain and self-pitying – enter on a motorbike the stubbled, smoking Luke (Ryan Gosling), wearing (inside out) a T-shirt more battered and frayed at the edges than is strictly necessary for any Hollywood rebel. Then there is the incorruptible cop, Avery (Bradley Cooper), whose steely, ruthless ambition finds a perfect home in the environment of the police force (think Guy Pearce’s character in LA Confidential).

As in a Greek tragedy, their lives intersect and have consequences that will drastically impact on future events. When Luke holds the baby boy that he never knew he had, he quits his job as a stunt-rider with a touring roadshow in order to be near the kid. Soon after, he meets Robin (Ben Mendelsohn), a backwoods grease monkey who has spent too long in the make-up van. Though penniless, Robin generously offers the stranger a job in his workshop – it is a happenstance loaded with dire portent.

Wanting to provide for his son, who is being raised by the mother (Eva Mendes) and her de facto partner, Luke is persuaded by Robin to join him in robbing banks. Down the track, malicious fate has planned the encounter with Avery. It is an unusually structured screenplay, insofar as Avery does not appear until nearly halfway through the story, which is further segmented by a third, concluding episode that is not too contrived to spoil the whole.

Gosling, a mannered actor, is perfect in the part, while Cooper, asked to be more than just a handsome straight-man in an oafish comedy, is coldly convincing as one whose character is transformed by the choices that circumstance forces him to make. There is also a fantastic chase scene that actually bears some resemblance to reality, but at the heart of Derek Cianfrance’s stylised and compelling movie is a dark cynicism that is all the more disturbing for the accuracy with which it reflects the mood of the times.

John Campbell


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