If you’re within spitting distance of Oxford tomorrow night (9 September), you could do a lot worse than heading down to the Ultimate Picture Palace for an evening of fine Australian cinema and even finer Aussie songsmithery. Singer-songwriter, pinball champion and renowned film buff Darren Hanlon will conclude his most recent UK jaunt by performing a few of his brilliant ballads and presenting a hand-selected slice of Australian celluloid.
Unable to secure screening rights for his first choice, the brutally brilliant Wake In Fright (aka Outback, 1971), Hanlon has opted for slightly more family-friendly fare – and one of his childhood faves – The Man From Snowy River (1982). Adapted from A.B. ‘Banjo’ Patterson’s epic poem, starring Kirk Douglas, Sigrid Thornton and Tom Burlinson, and directed by George T. Miller (not to be confused with Dr. George Miller, the man behind Mad Max, Babe and Happy Feet amongst many others), it’s an action-packed tale of mountain brumbies, prize colts and romance, which proved a massive hit in Australia, still holding a place in the local all-time box office top 10 after almost thirty years.
Doors open at 9pm and tickets are £10/£8. Full details on the Ultimate Picture Palace website.
If you can’t make it to Oxford tomorrow but will be in London tonight, I highly recommend that you catch Dazza and his band as they round out a run of UK shows with a performance at the 100 Club on Oxford Street. In the meantime, if you need further proof of Darren Hanlon’s cinephile credentials, here’s a lovely music video starring his hero, the one and only Eli Wallach: