Arts & Culture

In the Name of the Land at Luna


Toiling the land is no doubt a gruelling and arduous profession.

Poignantly reflected in the French film “In the Name of the Land”, this highly viewed movie in its homeland tells the story of Pierre Jarjeau, who returns to his family farm to take over the reigns from his domineering and miserly father.

With his wife (his childhood sweetheart) and their 2 children, they take on the enormous challenge of trying to make the farm financially viable. We follow the roller coaster ride of Pierre and his family’s life on the land – one filled with many challenges and unrelenting crisises – one after the other.

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British Film Festival opens with Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit


Mark your calendars - tomorrow is the day !

The British Film Festival opens tomorrow across all Luna Palace cinemas in Perth - Palace Raine Square, Luna Leederville, Luna on SX and Windsor Cinema.

Returning for its 7th year – it offers an outstanding selection of 22 feature films from the British Isles – ranging from powerful stories set during war times, to modern, romantic comedies to 4k restorations of The Elephant Man, Flash Gordon and The Ladykillers.

Perth Walkabout’s Top 6 Picks for the British Film Festival this year are:

Blithe Spirit - a riotous reimagining of Noël Coward’s classic comedy from director Edward Hall, Blithe Spirit tells the story of a love that just won’t die.

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Summerland at the British Film Festival


Perth movie goers have been lucky enough to enjoy going back to the cinemas. Yay!

It’s that time of the year again and the British Film Festival has nearly descended on us in Perth despite the closed borders.

The movie Summerland is set during WWII and the story centres around Alice, a reclusive writer immersed in her isolated, creative world, who suddenly has Frank - a young boy evacuee from London – thrust upon her.

Alice’s life is turned upside down as she grapples with the challenging task of looking after a young and impressionable Frank – not something that she was prepared for in any way.

The on screen presence and developing friendship between Alice and Frank makes this film a joy to watch.

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The Climb at Luna


A portmanteau of the words brother and romance.

= bromance

That is the subject matter of the contemporary American movie "The Climb", which follows the friendship between Kyle and Mike who have been best friends since high school.

They enjoy each other's company and are pretty tight until the shit hits the fan over Kyle’s fiancee.

Throughout the movie, there are some laugh out loud moments as well as some serious issues on hand, as the two key characters grapple with the complexities of adult life.

Relationships and friendships are the lifeblood of what makes life worthwhile and “The Climb” poses the challenging question of when is the time to call a friendship quits?

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The Big Hoo Haa - 18th Birthday Show!


In these uncertain times of covid-19 and social distancing, my partner and I were looking forward to getting out of the house and watching a real live performance for the first time in many months.

Strangely enough, in a time where performers have had many months away from the spotlight to rehearse and hone their roles, our first foray back to the theatre was to watch a night of improvisational comedy – The Big Hoo-Haa! 18th Birthday Show, at the Dolphin Theatre in the Nedlands UWA campus.

Improv comedy is one of those real seat-of-the-pants things, especially when performed troupe style like the way The Big Hoo-Haa does it.


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Lucky Grandma at Luna


Recently in the film world, we have been privy to some enjoyable Asian American movies of the likes of Farewell (a touching grandma story) and Crazy Rich Asians (the rom com with an all Asian cast).

This time - the adventures of a feisty and stubborn grandma in Chinatown hits the screen at Luna Leederville – in the Asian American comedy “Lucky Grandma”.

Tsai Chin, well known for her role as Auntie Lindo in Joy Luck Club (1993), stars in the role as an  80 year old widower “Grandma Wong”, keen to live her life as independently as possible in spite of the worry of her family.

On a day that has been deemed auspicious by her fortune teller, she sets off to the casino to try her luck!

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23 Walks at Luna


Knowing that it’s never too late to find love whatever your age, and throwing in for good measure some cute pooches with personality, and you’ve got the makings of a great feel good movie.

That is the essence of “23 Walks”, which follows the relationship that blossoms between Dave (Dave Johns) and Fern (Alison Steadman) (both in their sixties) who get to know one another over the course of 23 dog walks.

It was the first time that my partner and I had been to the movies since covid-19 struck and it was a very nice experience to return back to Luna Leederville after what has seemed like an eternity.

There were quite a few interesting themes that were woven throughout the movie – love, the joy of owning dogs, and the challenges of growing old.

Love comes in many shapes and forms, and when it arrives later in life – each individual brings to the table some battle scars and baggage – but oftentimes are a little wiser about the intricacies and challenges of daily life.

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