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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 27 April, 2022

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Part of Australia’s rock’n’roll landscape

Any utterance of Australian pub rock and you can’t go past Choirboys… a staple of Australia’s rock’n’roll landscape since their inception in 1978. 

The Choirboys’ history is enduring and vast. They’ve lived the true rock’n’roll dream. They signed their first recording deal with Alberts alongside stablemates AC/DC, The Angels, Rose Tattoo, and a bunch of other 70s stalwarts. They’ve released three Top 30 albums and have charted in overseas territories including New Zealand and the US. 

Over 40 years on, their songs are still as relevant as ever and none other than their seminal rock anthem, Run To Paradise. 

With the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 that confined people to their homes, and forced the hand of musicians like Choirboys to adapt, they ventured from loud, sweat-driven and gritty pubs to live-streaming a set of Easy Beats and Choirboys classics to the lounge rooms of their fans. 

It also gave birth to Feels Good, their new live nine-track compilation album of hits recorded from that event. It was released in October 2021 as a strictly limited-edition vinyl release. Sweetening the release is Home Free, the Choirboys’ first brand-new original single release in nearly 15 years.

In 2022, the band will be hitting the road for a very select few dates to celebrate its release and bring with them all the glory that fans come to expect of a Choirboys show: the grafting, sweating, pulverising, pounding, screaming – doing what they do best. Choirboys are renowned for a great live show. It’s not just the music; it’s the atmosphere and the humorous banter they bring, entertaining an audience by spilling their hearts and souls onto the stage. 

The Choirboys continue to be a constant on the east coast touring and festival circuits – you just don’t get much more rock’n’roll than that.

See the Boys on Friday 6 May at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services.

For more information www.mullumexservices.com.au/what-s-on

Wet Mess In Murrwillumbah

Murwillumbah flood fundy is a Wet Mess

Wet Mess is a night of bands to raise funds for Murwillumbah and the surrounding areas of the Northern Rivers this weekend.

Come and let yer (wet) hair down at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds, in support of raising money for flood victims in the Northern Rivers. Nestled below the Tweed Valley, in the rustic old stables with views of the surrounding mountain regions, you’ll find plenty of live entertainment, with locals bands James Bondage and the Safewords, Rash, Powerdrill, Unkle Unit, Da Manager, and live DJs in between sets, playing late 70s, 80s, and 90s cuts from new wave to garage.

Food and bev stalls from 2020 Smokehouse, Hare Krishna school, Spangled Drongo Brewing, Ventura Brewing (Kombucha) and more.

All profits to go to It Takes a Town, a local Murwillumbah charity helping locals through hardships faced after the floods in March 2022.

Venue is a two-minute walk from the CBD at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds. The venue is wheelchair accessible and has plenty of parking. 

This is an all-ages event on Saturday with doors from 12pm. Tickets are $20 on the door on the day or $15 (+booking fee) presale through Moshtix – search for Wet Mess. Concession tickets are available to flood victims – please ask for a code. 


La Spanish film festival

It’s the Spanish way

The 2022 Moro Spanish Film Festival full program has been revealed for some reel inspiración for film-festival lovers. A sensational lineup of leading Spanish-language cinema from Spain and Latin America features famous faces, including Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Oscar Martínez, Paco León, and Blanca Portillo along with exciting new talent, and will be screening nationally at Palace Cinemas.

The rich program of twenty-nine films consists of features from Spain, across Latin America including Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay, and the Dominican Republic,, and one from the USA and features a wide range of genres from period-set drama, documentary, realist drama to satire and riotous comedy.

Opening the Festival is the Australian premiere of the much-anticipated Official Competition (Competencia oficial). Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, and Oscar Martínez star in Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat’s ingenious, icy behind-the-scenes satire of moviemaking.

The Festival special presentation is Language Lessons, a charming and award-winning comedy about a Spanish teacher and her student, whose online connection takes on far more importance than either could have anticipated. It stars Natalie Morales and Mark Duplass. 

In the New Spanish Cinema program:

Maixabel features standout performances from Blanca Portillo and Luis Tosar, and swept the acting pool at the 2022 Goyas with awards for Best Actress, Best New Actress, and Best Supporting Actor. It is the story of Maixabel Lasa, the widow of a Basque politician assassinated by ETA, who agrees to meet her husband’s murderers in prison.

Securing Best Cinematography, Best Original Song, and Best Production at the 2022 Goya Awards, Mediterraneo: The Law of the Sea (Mediterráneo)  is based on real events: the gripping drama tells the story of two Spanish lifeguards who traveled to Greece and rescued refugees during the 2015 humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean Sea. 

Other great films include Érase una vez en Euskadi, a coming-of-age story set in the 1980s Basque country; Pan de limón con semillas de amapola, adapted from Cristina Campos’s novel, sees two estranged sisters reunite to sell a bakery they have inherited; La Cima, set in the awe-inspiring Himalayas; La piel en llamas,  a political thriller based on the award-winning play; La hija, a cleverly constructed drama from one of Spain’s most intriguing auteurs, Manuel Martín Cuenca.

The Palace Cinema website has a list of the entire festival. The 2022 Moro Spanish Film Festival will run from 29 April till 15 May at Palace Byron Bay.

For updates and more information, visit www.spanishfilmfestival.com.

Nell Schofield

Puberty Blues (1981)

In ‘The Shire’ Debbie (Nell Schofield) and Sue (Jad Capelja) are bored with their suburban lifestyle. They long to be ‘Surfie Chicks’ in the ‘Greenhills gang’, the school’s ‘popular’ crowd. To gain and maintain this status, Debbie and Sue cheat in exams, have sex on demand, experiment with alcohol and drugs, and treat those outside the gang with disdain.

Bruce Beresford demonstrates his laidback film style, which focuses on character and values under pressure. Although initially exuberant about their achievements, Debbie and Sue begin to see other sides of their gang of athletic, handsome boys and docile, pretty girls: friendship devoid of loyalty, sex without emotion, and chauvinism that denies the inherent worth of women.

Debbie’s fright over a possible pregnancy and her shock at the heroin death of her former boyfriend lead her to re-evaluate the clique. In the end, with Sue cheering her on, she breaks free by transcending the rigorous code of the gang, which holds that only boys can surf. On a beach full of their peers, these two desperate romantics assert their individuality.

Puberty Blues is an excellent film that honestly and sensitively deals with some of the central trials and temptations of growing up. It is neither preachy nor tawdry. Thanks mainly to the consummate storytelling skills of Bruce Beresford, Debbie and Sue’s experiences convey a universal message. The original book by Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey, and the film, have been widely taught in schools.

Of the 19 original members of the ‘Greenhills gang’, the shire surfie group the book was based on, nine developed a heroin habit, and at least two died from it before they left their teens.

Tragically also, Jad Capelja had a hard time after her early acting success. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, she died by suicide in 2010. Nell Schofield, on the other hand, continues to grace our screens, is still surfing, lives in our ‘shire’ and will present this screening.

DHFS presents Puberty Blues on April 30 at 2pm (doors open 1.30). Lead actor Nell Schofield will introduce the film and take part in a Q & A afterwards.

Please book (ASAP) by return email or ring Sonia 6684 2112. Feel free to bring a friend or two but please book – and check us out on www.drillhalltheatre.org.au

Ballina Fair Cinemas has a feast of fantasy over the next week with two films carrying on a from where they left off.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

Rated M in Fantastic Beasts, Professor Albus Dumbledore knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines? 

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

After settling in Green Hills, Sonic is eager to prove that he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr Robotnik returns with a new partner, Knuckles, in search of a mystical emerald that has the power to destroy civilisations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails, and together they embark on a globe-trotting journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is rated PG.

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Watch out, there’s a batman about

It’s not just a call… It’s a warning.

Can there possibly BE another Batman movie? Of course there can !

It’s a long time since  artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger debuted the caped crusader in the 27th issue of the comic book Detective Comics in 1939.

Batman has pretty much been consistent in the 83 years with the occasional Bruce Wayne emotional outburst and in 2022 will it be revealed that Batman is a vampire bat?

Enter Robert Pattinson.

From Warner Bros Pictures comes Matt Reeves’ The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson in the dual role of Gotham City’s vigilante detective and his alter ego, reclusive billionaire Bruce Wayne. Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies — Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) — amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens.

When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.
See Batman at The Palace Byron


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