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Arts and Entertainment for the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 23 September, 2020

Pinocchio returns to the silver screen in a multi-award winning new live-action adaptation of the classic story.

Your Trip to Italy is nearly here!

Lovers of foreign films are in for a treat when the Italian Film Festival comes to Byron’s Palace Theatre; opening with a new live action version of the classic tale Pinocchio. From the director of Gomorrah and Dogman, Matteo Garrone’s seven-time Nastro d’Argento Award-winner is an enthralling gothic fantasy starring Roberto Benigni as the woodcutter, Geppetto. To celebrate the 20th anniversary – and in honour of the late great Ennio Morricone, one of the world’s greatest film composers – the Festival will close with Giuseppe Tornatore’s Malèna, starring Monica Bellucci. The centrepiece selection for the 2020 programme is Marco Bellocchio’s multi award-winning crime drama The Traitor (Il traditore), which was the big winner at Italy’s 65th David di Donatello Awards – the country’s equivalent of the Oscars. The absorbing film sees Pierfrancesco Favino deliver a powerhouse performance as Tommaso Buscetta, a Sicilian mafia boss turned police informer. There will also be two special presentations this year: Ferzan Ozpetek’s award-winning new film The Goddess of Fortune featuring an all-star cast, including Stefano Accorsi, Edoardo Leo and Jasmine Trinca.

The second special presentation screening is Martin Eden by acclaimed writer and director Pietro Marcello. The award-winning drama provocatively transports Jack London’s 1909 novel, about a self-taught and outspoken writer, to a pivotal moment in Italy’s pre-war history.

This year the Festival is also launching the ST. ALi Italian Film Festival eTicket Bundle. Escape to Italy with five eTickets for $55 or 10 eTickets for $100. The ticket bundle is only available to buy online from now until 30 September and is valid for the duration of the 2020 Italian Film Festival. This is a Movie Club exclusive offer.

2–14 October at the Palace Byron Bay.
ALL TICKETS NOW ON SALE.
For more information visit: www.italianfilmfestival.com.au


William Crighton will play the Brunswick Picture House this Sunday.

The Lights are on at Bruns Picture House!

With their DA finally approved, the Brunswick Picture House have decided to delay starting the renovations and to open their doors for some upcoming shows! Yes, the lights are back on in Bruns! In line with COVID Safe regulations the venue has a capacity of 50 seats inside, and a special release of 50 garden seats.

Join one of Australia’s favourite contemporary songsmiths, William Crighton, as he launches his new single Your Country. In this song he gives furious voice to a country under siege with gripping feeling and conviction. It was recorded at Christian Pyle’s celebrated Byron Bay hinterland studio, along with long-term collaborator and producer Matt Sherrod. The result is immediate and electrifying energy that pulses from the song’s heart, replicating the exhilarating dynamism of his live show. He plays the Brunswick Picture House this Sunday at 7pm.

The beloved Paul Capsis, known as the Goddess of Cabaret, will be performing a songlist spanning Joni Mitchell to Lou Reed, Amy Winehouse to Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and accompanied by the exceptional pianist, Jeremy Brennan. Eccentric and fabulous, this is the perfect remedy for the lockdown blues. Don’t miss this exclusive performance by the Helpmann Award-winning star.

He performs 2–3 October at 7pm. Emily Lubitz performs this Friday and Saturday at 7pm, and Cheeky Cabaret is making a welcome comeback 9–10 October.

All tickets on www.brunswickpicturehouse.com


Aidan Rickets speaks at the Courthouse Hotel, in Mullumbimby on 7 October.

Ricketts On Point

Turning Point Talks present SCU Law and Justice Department lecturer, author and activist, Aidan Rickets, at the Courthouse Hotel, in Mullumbimby on 7 October.

Aidan’s passionate commitment to the Australian environment is reflected in his tireless work to coordinate non-violent protests against CSG, coal mining and deforestation, here and in Vanuatu.

He is also concerned that conspiracy theories distract us from the true causes of the impoverishment of society and the environment. Operating in plain sight, corporate, military and financial agendas have replaced democracy and sustainability. Understanding these processes allows us to build an alternative, happier society, which can turn around climate change and much of our emotional distress. Entry by donation. COVID Safe restrictions in place so the audience is limited to 87 – book a place on www.turningpointtalks.com


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