culture

Performing philosophy: ‘La Passion de Simone’ at the Sydney Festival

The creatives behind this Sydney Chamber Opera production on the extreme empathy of Simone Weil

‘The Little Drummer Girl’: a masterclass in subterfuge

‘Oldboy’ director Park Chan-wook takes on a le Carré spy drama, with genre-rattling results

Fake it so real: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ and ‘Colette’

Two new films examine female writers who masquerade for very different reasons

‘My Brilliant Friend’ breaks the spell

The television adaptation lacks the all-consuming magic of Elena Ferrante’s novels

William Kentridge at the Art Gallery of NSW

This exhibition gives rare insight into the boundlessly curious artist’s process

‘Strange Colours’ directed by Alena Lodkina

Australia is cast in a new light in this debut feature made outside industry conventions

The Windy City is wild and weighty in ‘Widows’

Social commentary and thrills struggle for balance in Steve McQueen’s take on the heist genre

Polly Borland’s x-ray vision

The Australian artist in conversation about ‘Polyverse’ at the NGV, Nick Cave and dress-ups

‘Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist’, an incomplete portrait

This nostalgic documentary about the eminent designer raises more questions than it answers

The magnificently messy ‘House of Cards’

The show that made Netflix a major player comes to a satisfying and ludicrous end

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