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Review / ‘Living Is Easy (With Eyes Closed)’ (M) ***

THE main element of the title of Spanish filmmaker David Trueba’s prize-winning film begins the second stanza of “Strawberry Fields Forever”, which John Lennon composed in 1966 while tripping on substances. The title’s parenthetical part offers several possibilities from which filmgoers may choose a purpose. One is the obstinate determination of Antonio (Javier Camara) who […]

Review / ‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’ (M) ***

THE box office will determine whether this German/African co-production, the first film based on one of Francois Lelord’s novels about small-scale hero Hector (family name not stated), has the grunt to initiate a series. Since its August release, IMDb users have rated it 7 on a scale of 10. It arrived in Australia with little […]

Behold the storm

“CITYNEWS” snapper Andrew Campbell was out late last night taking photographs of the intense electrical storm Canberra experienced. Some great shots of lightning over Lake Burley Griffin. If you’ve got great pictures from in and around Canberra you want to share with our audience send them in to john@citynews.com.au .

Canberra Confidential / Graffiti in a new guise

ONLY in clever-clogs Canberra? Watson reader and gardening writer Cedric Bryant loves reading biographies, so much so that to feed his insatiable appetite he’s joined the Dickson library and is cutting a swathe through their shelves. With no little distress and irritation he reports of the curious habit of previous borrowers scarring the margins of […]

Arts / Rusanda readies to spark gypsy fire

CANBERRA-bound violinist Rusanda Panfili may be a fun-loving girl in one of the world’s most exciting cities, but she is a serious artist who leads a disciplined private life. “It’s very difficult, I must combine my friendships with my job, but fortunately my dear friends are musicians,” says the 25-year-old Vienna-based performer, where she’s completing […]

Open garden / Rare plants in a very personal garden

ENGLISH snowdrops, roses and woodland plants take centre stage at Jim and Peronelle Windeyer’s pretty, scented Red Hill garden, with red brick paths leading visitors past layers of flowering shrubs, azaleas, perennials and other rare plants. Much of the beauty of the garden is in the front, as the couple say that possums have taken […]

Arts / Surprises in Canberra Theatre’s celebratory season

TO dark-voiced cabaret star and MC Mikelangelo, it was a once-in-50-year opportunity to celebrate. To theatregoers keen to hear the Canberra Theatre’s selection of theatrical goodies for 2015 it was a chance to “oooh” and “aahh” at novelties, old favourites and one or two surprises at the 2013 subscription season on Monday (October 20). With […]