Given the cityâ€™s recent history, this is a timely exploration of water, flood and drought. The story by Elaine Ackworth examines the effect diminishing water supplies could have on our neighbourly relationships is fascinating, but doesnâ€™t quite hit the mark. This may be because it attempts to weave comedy, drama and a moral tale of sustainability into one neat package. The performances are all good, but it was the characters themselves that let it down, and it was hard to feel sympathetic towards them, despite their hardship. However, the playâ€™s main success was its ability to promote thought about sustainability with its groundbreaking production.
â€˜Water Warsâ€™ plays at La Boite Theatre until Aug 25.
WHOâ€™S THE BEST?
Theatre in Review
Post, a performance trio comprising talented ladies Zoe Coombs Marr, Mish Grigor and Natalie Rose have been working together for a long time and the question of which one of them is â€˜the bestâ€™ has arisen. Frenzied and hilarious debates about each of their perceived strengths and weaknesses ensue. Ambition, fear, vulnerability and smugness are laid bare, and interspersed with random dance routines. With Natalie Rose currently pregnant, her role has been assumed by male actor Eden Falk which only adds to the comedy. There is a serious undertone, however, highlighting the endless, sometimes panic-inducing pressure to be a success in every aspect of life.
â€˜WHOâ€™S THE BEST?â€™ RAN AT THE VISY THEATRE, BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AUGUST 10 TO AUGUST 14.
Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor. Directed by Richard Ayoade.
Based on Joe Dunthorneâ€™s 2008 novel of the same name, the film is quirky, witty, uncomfortable and effortlessly endearing. Ayoade (of â€˜The IT Crowdâ€™ infamy) is making his feature film debut and has used a deft and subtle hand when steering this ship as it sails through the choppy waves of one boyâ€™s adolescence. The story revolves around Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts), an awkward dreamer who falls in love with the cool girl sitting behind him at the same time as his parentâ€™s marriage is falling apart. Set in Swansea, a bleak but beautiful place, the film meanders along, taking stylistic license whenever it pleases and offering insights into a world filled equally with the absurd, the heartbreaking and the glorious.
â€˜Submarineâ€™ will be in cinemas September 8.
Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell. Directed by Cary Fukunaga.
Yet another film adaption of the Charlotte Bronte classic, this â€˜Jane Eyreâ€™ is vibrant and compelling - full of sexual tension, passionate longing and bleak heartbreak. Coming in at a mere two hours and one minute, this version is compact and snappy with a beautifully succinct overview of Jane Eyreâ€™s childhood and journey before ending up at Mr Rochesterâ€™s home as the governess. Wasikowska is brilliant in this role, with a sense of restrained wildness about her which is matched by the masculinity and fervour of Fassbender. There is also a mysterious suspense that ripples through the film, tempering the story of love and creating a feeling of foreboding and gloom - a perfect combination for a Bronte novel.
â€˜Jane Eyreâ€™ is in cinemas now.
WHO AM I?
Alexander Yatsensko, Anatoliy Bely. Directed by Klim Shipenko.
The opening scene for â€˜Who Am I?â€™ sets a bleak tone. One cold, rainy morning, police find a man in a train station who claims to have no memory of his life. As the mystery unfolds, beautifully sad snippets of the manâ€™s previous day are revealed. Set on the picturesque southern coast of Ukraine, the film is immaculately shot and was nominated for a Russian cinematography award in 2010. Unfortunately, poor scripting has resulted in a number of awkward scenes with unnecessary dialogue. A sweet moral of self-discovery and longing for change is tied into the plot, although any allusions to a happy ending are dashed in the final stages.
â€˜Who Am Iâ€™ is playing as part of the Russian Resurrection Film Festival 2011 August 24-28 at Palace Centro and Palace Barracks.
Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard. Directed by Martin Campbell.
Itâ€™s all a matter of perspective. If you grew up with the likes of â€˜Batman & Robinâ€™, â€˜Supergirlâ€™, â€˜Steelâ€™, â€˜Superman IVâ€™, â€˜The Phantomâ€™, â€˜Judge Dreddâ€™ and the original â€˜Captain Americaâ€™ - hell, even â€˜Daredevilâ€™ - itâ€™s impossible to hate on â€˜Green Lanternâ€™ too much. The special effects are spectacular, and the story of Hal Jordanâ€™s journey from arrogant test pilot to arrogant intergalactic superhero hits most of the necessary beats. But letâ€™s be real here - this isnâ€™t very good, and in a year thatâ€™s given us â€˜Thorâ€™, â€˜X-Men: First Classâ€™ and the new â€˜Captain Americaâ€™, it feels like something of a relic. For a proper introduction to GL, save yourself the cost of a trip to the movies, head to a comic shop and lay down 20 bucks on â€˜Green Lantern: Secret Originâ€™ instead.
â€˜Green Lanternâ€™ is out now.