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Japanese Film Festival Classics
The annual Japanese Film Festival in Sydney runs a parallel program of classic movies at the Art Gallery of NSW. Tickets to the classic films are free, but don’t arrive too late, as they’re on a first-come-first served basis. Highlights include 1981 animation Yuki-Snow Queen, in which the celestial Yuki descends from heaven to inspire farmers to rise up against feudal warlords. Onibaba is an eye-opening 1964 erotic horror-drama in which a mother and daughter in feudal Japan murder wandering samurai for their possessions. Children of Hiroshima (1952) has a teacher travelling back to postwar Hiroshima to visit her parents’ graves, while A Story from Echigo (1964) tackles rape in a poverty-stricken village and examines the economic causes of tragedy. Blue Mountains and Blue Mountains 2 (both 1949) were made during the US occupation of Japan and concern a teacher trying to introduce democracy into her classes. They represent massive sea changes in Japanese society after the war.
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The best cinemas in Sydney
Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
Without doubt the grandest cinema in Sydney, Cremorne’s Art Deco picture palace is a stunning step back in time. Built in 1935 by George Kenworthy, the top theatrical architect of the period, today’s version is even glitzier than the original thanks to a $2.5-million restoration some years back by owner and local TV celeb Mike Walsh. Each of the six auditoria has its own colour scheme and decor, but the 744-seat Orpheum is the true star of the show. It even has a genuine Wurlitzer cinema organ, which rises out of a stage pit on weekend evenings complete with flashing lights and a grinning organist. Expect a mix of mainstream US, British and Australian fare, with some art-house, special presentations and the occasional cabaret show.
Ritz Cinema Randwick
With a distinctive Art Deco design restored to its former 1930s glory and an impressive sound system, the six-screen Ritz cinema is both a local landmark and an excellent venue for catching the latest mainstream releases. Signs explain the regulations – no alcohol, bare feet, smoking or skateboards – which make sense if you hit the place in the afternoon after school’s out. In the evening the place attracts a different crowd, including film geeks who seek out the Ritz for its great acoustics and old-fashioned flair. Upstairs the inimitable Bar Ritz boasts a marble bar and balcony – perfect for pre- and post-film drinks. Bus 372, 373, 376, 377.
Palace Norton Street Cinemas
Leichhardt's Palace Cinemas were fully refurbed in 2013 and now have eight auditoria, all licensed, and an impressive foyer with a lounge bar and café on site. Palace Norton Street plays host to some of the best annual film festivals such as the French, Spanish, Greek, German and Italian. It is also in close proximity to the eateries and vibrant culture of Norton Street.
Palace Verona Cinemas
Paddington’s intellectuals, gays and art-house crowds are always seen milling about the Palace Verona with glee. The four screens are on the small side, the seats are snug and the pre-show commercials... well, they tend to go on forever. But we're forgiving film lovers, especially since this oft-buzzing venue screens an expertly curated line-up of arthouse releases from name directors (Woody, the Coens, PT Anderson...), world movies, quirky Australian indies and special one-offs, like screenings of overseas stage productions and concerts. There's a licensed café, wine and espresso bar on the premises – good for a pre-movie drink, a post-movie chat or even just a day date, since you don't have to purchase a ticket to enjoy what they're pouring and brewing. And if you're a frequent moviegoer, you'll want to check out Palace's great-value membership schemes, which are more than worth the investment if you see flicks on the regular.
Named after the Australian film pioneer Charles Chauvel - of Jedda fame - this much-loved local cinema is part of the Palace cinema chain. Its proscenium arch brings true grandeur to the art of film and the staff really know their stuff. Screenings tend to be seriously arty and the place also holds Cinemateque screenings. Be sure to seek out the lovely upstairs bar. Bus 333, 352, 378, 380. Screens 2. Tickets $16.50; $9-$12.50 reductions; $8 Tue.
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Head upstairs at the Edinburgh Castle tonight (Thursday October 6) from 5.30pm for the next instalment of the Wine Workshops, this month showcasing with two labels – Pepper Tree and Briar Ridge Vineyard. Pepper Tree Winery was founded in 1991 and is acknowledged as one of the most awarded boutique wineries in Australia, amassing a show record out of all proportion to its size, including the Jimmy Watson Trophy. Pepper Tree produces premium varietal wines sourced from its own vineyards in the Hunter, Orange, Coonawarra and Wrattonbully regions. Gwyn Olsen was recently appointed head winemaker at Pepper Tree, following the outstanding growth and wine show success over the past two years as winemaker and general manager of Briar Ridge Vineyard. Her awards include Gourmet Traveller Young Winemaker of the Year 2014. At tonight’s free event you can chat directly with Gwyn; taste a selection of wines; enjoy complimentary cheese platters; and purchase your favourite wine to take home. The Edinburgh Castle is at 294 Pitt Street, Sydney.
Win a trip to India with Intrepid Travel
Intrepid Travel is giving one lucky person a spot on their 15-day Classic Rajasthan tour, departing March 19, 2017. The prize includes return airfares from any Australian or New Zealand major city to Delhi and offers an intimate small group experience as you travel through the romantic northern Indian province of Rajasthan. Tour highlights include tiger spotting in Ranthambore National Park; camel riding through the desert in Pushkar; and a visit to the Taj Mahal. Accommodation is included and ranges from fortified mansions to camping under the stars. Competition opens September 15 and closes October 27, 2016. To enter, simply fill out your details here. Good luck!
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Ferris Wheel Dining Experience
Treat yourself to a night of fine dining as you take a seat on one of the best vantage points of Sydney Harbour. Hosted by The Deck restaurant at Milsons Point, the Ferris Wheel Dining Experience invites you and a special someone to your own private carriage that’ll take you on a magical ride around Luna Park’s famous ferris wheel. Begin the night at The Deck with an amuse-bouche and a glass of Loire Valley sparkling Vouvray before being escorted to your private carriage. Once seated, you’ll be treated to a selection of The Deck’s finest entrées, mains and desserts – not to mention specially matched hand-selected wines by The Deck’s executive chef, Michael Roper. Expect freshly shucked Sydney Rock oysters, grape tomato panna cotta, foie gras terrine and kingfish carpaccio for your entree; grilled black Berkshire pork cutlet or fresh gold band snapper and WA lobster primavera for your main, plus a selection of mouth-watering sweets for dessert. Enjoy Australian and international wines including Janz Late Disgorged Vintage Cuvee 2007, Wirra Wirra the Absconder Grenache 2015, sweet Italian Alasia DOCG Moscato D’asti 2014, and many more dependent on your taste. Carriages for two cost $399.