With La Niña causing havoc on Sydney summer we've cobbled together five Sydney Scoop suggestions for you for spending indoors this December.
WONDERDOME, the largest 360° immersive cinema experience ever to be seen in Australia, is coming to Sydney's Entertainment Quarter from Saturday 4 December. At WONDERDOME, audiences are invited to venture into a pulsating new world, where art, film and music are fused together to create a wholly unique experience. Think 'virtual reality' without the goggles.
WONDERDOME is a 'Pop Up' 360° dome theatre combining fully immersive visuals with leading-edge technologies that dissolve the boundaries between digital and physical to create environments where audiences 'experience a new reality'.
Jagged Little Pill is reopening the newly refurbished Theatre Royal on 2 December and one of the first new musicals coming through since the pandemic. The story is powerful, emotional, thought-provoking and takes a look at what it means to be alive in 21st century America and at the ‘perfectly imperfect family’ ignited by Alanis Morissette’s classic songs we all know and love including You Oughta Know, Ironic, Hand In My Pocket, Head Over Feet. Sydney is also the first city outside of Broadway where the show will run.
Breathing life into Sydney’s live music scene, Young Henrys is taking over Waywards at Newtown’s Bank Hotel, serving up free music and booze specials, Fridays in December. The local brew legends invite Down For Tomorrow, Dominic Breen, Royel Otis, Bread Club and more to perform, while free entry and the much needed cool chill of a Young Henrys Newtowner ensures there’s no better time and place to reconnect with live music.
Uplifting Holocaust heroics featured at Sydney Jewish Museum with the Australian premiere screening of international award-winning short film Andante Ma Non Troppo on Sunday 12 December at 2.30pm. Directed by Sydney-based, Mexican-born Jimena C. Puente-Treviño, the film is set in Nazi Germany in 1936 and is a celebration of ingenuity and courage in the face of adversity.
Under the Third Reich’s Nuremberg laws, Jews were forbidden to leave the country with valuables of any kind. This intriguing, ultimately joyous - and true - story involves Jewish-German musician, Felix Robert Mendelssohn (composer Felix Mendelssohn’s grandson) on the German-Swiss border, attempting to escape from the Nazis by cycling across the border with nothing but his Stradivarius cello.
The film has won several international film festival awards, including the Best Fiction Short film award at the Festival du Film de Strasbourg, the Best Director Award at the Granada Film Festival, and the Best Screenplay award at the New York Short Film Festival. Having not yet found its way back to Australia until now, the Sydney Jewish Museum is proud to host its premiere
in the presence of its award-winning filmmaker, Jimena Puente-Treviño.
From award-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation and The Salesman, Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Winners 2012 and 2017) comes A Hero screening for a limited time at the Persian Film Festival. The film has received widespread critical acclaim, having been awarded both the Grand Prix & François Chalais Prize at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, as well as the Asia Pacific Screen Awards for Best Direction. It's also been selected as Iran’s official submission for the 94th Academy Awards Best International Feature film category, and boasts a remarkable 100% approval aggregate on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film will screen at Palace Cinemas from 3 to 12 December 2021.