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Byron Shire
April 20, 2021

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Byron Drag Racers World Record

The local AAA Racing motorcycle team have set a new world record in 100cc class, as well as a top national speed in 50cc class at the recent Australian Speed Week held at Salt Lake Gairdner, South Australia.

Other News

Councillors move to create alternative housing market

Byron Council is aiming to make 10 per cent of local housing genuinely affordable within the space of a decade, under a brave and ambitious plan to implement a Community Land Trust (CLT) model across the Shire.  

Interview with Toni Childs

Internationally celebrated musician, Emmy winner and three times Grammy nominee Toni Childs is bringing her show to The Brunswick Picture House. With two acts, Childs is promising a special two hour performance as she celebrates her vast catalogue of music, which also saw her celebrate the 30th anniversary of her critically acclaimed album Union in 2019.

SCU celebrates alumni achievements with awards

A group of Southern Cross University graduates who have made extraordinary global achievements in research, community building, healthcare and environmental issues have been acknowledged with the 2020 Alumni Impact Awards.

Beware of flood damage scams

NSW Fair Trading is warning consumers about opportunistic tradespeople trying to take advantage during the flood recovery process as the state gets back on its feet.

Report and recommendations – First Nations people in custody

High, but not high enough, on the country's human rights agenda is the issue of Aboriginal deaths in custody.

Interview with Dave Callan

Dave Callan is a big hairy Irish bloke. He’s funny. You would have seen him on Rove and heard him on Triple J – but now you get to see him dance! With backup dancers and a show full of spectacular choreography and a hairy Viking, catch A–Z of Dance at Byron Comedy Fest. Dave told us a little more…

The French have a peculiar system of home ownership that allows for the tenant to stay on in a residence after it has been sold until his or her death. Mathias (Kevin Kline) only finds this out when he travels from New York to Paris to claim the apartment that has been left to him in his father’s will. Ninety-year-old Mathilde (Maggie Smith) lives there with her spinster daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas), and they have no intention of moving.

The opening suggests a comic drama, with the irascible nonagenarian, the ice maiden and the hapless Yank squabbling as they pursue their own agendas. But things take an unforeseen leap into the secrets and lies that float about in the dark seas of all family histories and the movie changes character to follow a different storyline.

The hints that are dropped regarding Mathilde’s relationship with Mathias’s father set the tone, along with a an affair that Chloé is having with a married man – an affair that is an unconvincing and utilitarian piece of scriptwriting.

What unfolds is a little overwrought but, thanks to the fine performances, absorbing enough – even if it resembles more an actors’ workshop.

The problem with Israel Horowitz’s film is that it has been adapted from his own play and is never able to shake off its stultifying staginess.

Notwithstanding some beautiful shots of the Seine and Notre Dame at night and a few perfunctory shots of the olde worlde neighbourhood where the battleground is set, all of the scenes of any import take place in Mathilde’s living room or kitchen.

There are more close-ups than is necessary – we know how well these veterans can do various emotions without having the camera constantly zooming in on their dials – and, as more information is revealed about the past, you can’t help but feel that the outcome is predictable earlier than it should be.

It simmers without coming to the boil.

~ John Campbell


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Your Local Club Academy Games

The North Coast Academy of Sport prepared its largest squad ever to compete at the 2021 Your Local Club Academy Games, held in the Hunter region last weekend.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 21 April, 2021

Check out entertainment listings for the week, with music, dance, cinema and all sorts events happening in and around the Byron Shire

Interview with Toni Childs

Internationally celebrated musician, Emmy winner and three times Grammy nominee Toni Childs is bringing her show to The Brunswick Picture House. With two acts, Childs is promising a special two hour performance as she celebrates her vast catalogue of music, which also saw her celebrate the 30th anniversary of her critically acclaimed album Union in 2019.

Jungle juice

There are times when water just doesn’t cut it. And luckily, for those times, there is Jungle Juice.