The Hit List: the best film, festival, live comedy, television and fun this week

Film

The Dark Tower

The road to The Dark Tower has been something of an epic quest. Stephen King wrote the first of eight books in 1982, rewrote it in 2003, and has spent at least the last decade trying to get a film made. JJ Abrams, Ron Howard and HBO have all been attached at some point, but Danish director Nikolaj Arcel has made it to the finish line. A fusion of Tolkien and western, the film sees a young boy stumble into a parallel world where an eternal battle threatens our own. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey star as the goody and baddy respectively. Reviews have been apocalyptically bad.

Roland (Idris Elba) and Walter (Matthew McConaughey) in Columbia Pictures' THE DARK TOWER. Photo: Supplied

Roland (Idris Elba) and Walter (Matthew McConaughey) in Columbia Pictures’ THE DARK TOWER. Photo: Supplied

Festival

Supersense

Ecstasy is the theme for this returning three-day arts festival, featuring intense works of music, dance, film and visual art from a clutch of Australian and international artists. On the music front, legendary UK psychenauts Spiritualized will be performing an exclusive orchestral concert of their back catalogue, while Pussy Riot Theatre will perform the Australian premiere of their electronic punk opera. Other highlights include Overground, a festival-within-a-festival on the Sunday, a mind-altering, improvised collaboration between artists and musicians from home and abroad.

 

Spiritualized. Photo: Supplied

Spiritualized. Photo: Supplied

Comedy

My Dad Wrote A Porno

When Briton Jamie Morton discovered his father had once written a dirty book, he decided it was too good not to share. Since 2015, he’s been reading a chapter a week (with a bit of help from his friends) for a podcast that has notched up 50 million downloads and topped charts the world over. The appeal lies not so much in the smut but in the gleeful shredding of his father’s atrocious and unsexy prose.

Photo: Supplied

Photo: Supplied

 

TV

Top of the Lake: China Girl

For the second series of this quirky mystery series, director Jane Campion moves the action from the New Zealand wilderness to Sydney seediness. Elizabeth Moss returns as detective Elizabeth Griffin, but the real pull here is Nicole Kidman on superbly savage form as the adoptive mother of the daughter Elizabeth once gave up. Strange and wonderful, with a powerful female focus.

Comedy Night

Preston Primary School Comedy Night Fundraiser

  • Thursday August 17 2017
  • Howler, 7-11 Dawson Street, Brunswick
  • Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start

Featuring:

  • Adam Rozenbachs (Triple M, ABC)
  • Dave O’Neill (Tractor Monkeys, Spicks & Specks, ABC Radio)
  • Daniel Connell (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

Tickets are $45 plus booking fee and can be purchased through Moshtix

 

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