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Culture Round-up – July 22, 2015

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Mark Swivel

A love story in Bangladesh! Funny, moving, inspiring. In 2010 Mark Swivel – lawyer, writer, shameless idealist – visited Grameen Bank, which won the Nobel prize for its work on microfinance. He wanted to make a difference and what can you do, rejoin the Labor Party? So, Mark falls in love with a bank, meets its founder Mo Yunus and discovers shampoo is black. In our fearful time, this rambling yarn asks: ‘How Deep Is Your Love?’ Bookings: www.byroncentre.com.au or at door. Byron Theatre Friday 24 July 8pm.

Mullum’s Charades

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Holly Pop

It’s Australia 1963. Music promoter, Holly Pop and her overworked assistant, Jenny, have put together an all-girl singing group with the hope of attracting a young audience of teen fans to buy records, merchandise and fashion. Add a hopeless songwriter, two bumbling Russian spies, a paranoid financier, a beatnik sound engineer and a bunch of other quirky characters – mix it with a live band playing bouncy 60s pop tunes and go-go dancing ‘backup singers’ – and you have a night of enthralling, hilarious family fun suitable for all ages.

Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 July at 7pm in the Mullumbimby School Auditorium.

Tickets are $10 per adult, $8 per child and $35 for a family and are available for pre purchase from the school office or at the door.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and Amy

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Amy Winehouse

Fresh from sold-out sessions at the Sydney Film Festival, the documentaries Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, and Amy will be screening at Palace Byron Bay this week.

Directed by Alex Gibney, Going Clear is the film the church of Scientology tried desperately to ban, denouncing the filmmakers and their interviewees, many of whom are former church members. However, the film received widespread praise from critics after its premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and has been nominated for seven Emmy awards.

Amy is an insightful and moving portrait of iconic singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse, with footage and interviews with her ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, her parents, and musicians including Pete Doherty, Mark Ronson and Tony Bennett. A pop star with soul – Amy’s rare musical ability made her a star, while her chaotic personal life stole headlines. With rare interviews and never-before-seen archival footage, Amy goes behind the headlines to reveal a prodigious talent.

Paris Opera Ballet presents L’histoire De Manon

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Paris Opera Ballet

Kenneth MacMillan’s acclaimed tragic ballet L’histoire De Manon is a modern masterpiece The Paris Opera Ballet’s production of this beautiful work was captured live at the Palais Garnier Opera House in May this year for screenings in cinemas round the world. First performed in 1974 and celebrating its 40th anniversary, this production is the second in this year’s season, following The Royal Ballet’s. In Regency Paris, bourgeois society gorges itself on luxury and easy pleasures. Carried off in this whirlwind, the sensual yet naïve Manon is unable to resist temptation and she drags down the faithful Des Grieux with her in her fall. This production marks the farewell performance of Paris Opera Ballet Étoile Aurélie Dupont.

Martin Yates conducts the Paris Opera Orchestra, with a cast featuring the Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet.

L’histoire De Manon screens at Palace Byron Bay Cinema at 1pm on Sunday 26 July and 11am on Wednesday 29 July. Tickets $15–24.


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