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Greens mayoral candidate apologises to deputy mayor over misogyny scandal

The Greens’ Byron Shire mayoral candidate says he’s drafting an apology to current deputy mayor and fellow party member Sarah Ndiaye, after publicly defending a man accused of intimidating her.

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Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.

Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

Cartoon of the week – 12 May, 2021

Letters to the editor We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters...

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

A confusion of letters in Ocean Shores

Apparently, there is another Ocean Shores in another part of the world, and they have deer…

Hot rocks here

S. Haslam The Festival of the Stone, named after the Stone & Wood Stone beer (a wood-fired porter, brewed with...

‘I make things up for a living… I’m a reporter.’ Danny Huston’s introductory voice-over had me hooked from the first minute of the (to me) under-achieving Tim Burton’s new movie.

Appearing to be blinded by his unique gifts as a filmmaker, Burton has made a habit of flattering to deceive, but on this occasion he grants the story primary status over flash quirkiness. And what an incredible story it is.

After fleeing with her young daughter from an abusive husband, Margaret (Amy Adams) finds work decorating babies’ cots in 1960s San Francisco. While trying to sell her paintings at a weekend street stall, she meets Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), a smooth-talking but struggling fellow artist.

Margaret’s pictures are of children with huge round eyes and after one is purchased under the assumption that it was done by Walter the pose is maintained, although not entirely with Margaret’s blessing.

The couple marry and the ‘big-eyes’ paintings become a 1960s national craze, especially when reproduced as posters.

This is a fascinating study of a woman in pre-feminist California falling victim to the overbearing ego and self-delusion of an unscrupulous wannabe.

Adams finds a perfect balance as the mousy, uncertain wife who is reluctant to derail the wild success of the Keane brand, but also miffed at not receiving the recognition she has rightly earned. As hinted at by columnist Dick Nolan (Huston), their world is a made-up one of celebrity brown-nosing and exploitation.

But the movie is also a non-judgmental study of what an artist is all about, for at the centre of the maelstrom that develops, Margaret remains a serious painter who never loses touch with her personal inspiration, and who never falls out of love with her own pictures.

Waltz tends to overdo the megalomania of Keane when the fraudster finds himself challenged, but Huston, Jason Schwartzman as a chic gallery owner, and evergreen Terence Stamp as the affronted NY Times critic all cast a light on the intrigue, pretence and brazen opportunism of the chimeric art scene.

~ John Campbell

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