I went to see Mulholland
Drive, David Lynch's new film today. It's a great film, if more
than a bit confusing for most of the way through. It's well worth
a look, but you may have to sneak a look at an explanation
of what's been going on after the film's over (I did!). Don't
look before you go to watch the film though as it'll be ruined for
you! The cinema (Dendy) is right on Circular Quay - a great location
and a great little cinema.
One thing that the Aussies have got right is their cinema ice cream.
'Choc Tops' sort out the problem of having melting ice cream dripping
down your hand and into your lap when it's dark and you can't really
see what you're eating. They're an ice cream cone with good gelato
(what the Australians call 'posh' ice cream as opposed to the 'Mr
Wippy' soft scoop) on top which is then dipped in chocolate. The
whole thing resembles a giant Malteser sitting on top of a cone.
They taste great, and don't drip - what more do you need!
The 'Opera in the Park' followed directly on from the film. Sydney,
and Australia in general for that matter, is rather keen on the
opera. They've got an opera hall as one of their major tourist attractions
after all. Now I've never seen an opera before, so I couldn't pass
up the oppurtunity to see 'La Traviata' being played in the open
air (for free). It was good - everything that I'd imageined it to
be - big voices, big people, lots of singing in Italian (I think).
The sur titles (like sub titles, but over the top of the stage)
were very useful - staved off the bordem as it meant that I could
follow the story. The night even ended up as it should - with the
'fat lady singing'.
Opera in the park
Me at the opera - a site you won't often see!
La Traviata in full swing
The enthralled crowd
A view back to the city
The fat lady has sung.