popcorn at altitude
With its seventh-floor roof terrace location, cozy deckchairs and blankets, and a screen set against the starry night sky, Rooftop Cinema in Melbourne brings the romance back to movie-going. Films are shown nightly throughout the Australian summer (Mondays and Fridays aside), with the emphasis on art house and much-loved classics. Take the stairs and you'll be captivated by the graphic murals by local artist Amelia Lackmann. Opens December 1; rooftopcinema.com.au
BODY OF ART
David Hockney's Californian pool painting lends its name to the new Tate Modern exhibition: A Bigger Splash: Painting After Performance. Examining the relationship between post-war painting and performance art – the traditional canvas versus the body as canvas – the show takes in 40 artists, including Yves Klein and Jackson Pollock. There's plenty to delight: from Cindy Sherman's self-portraits to the "action painters" who fired paint from air guns. November 14 – April 1; tate.org.uk
With one of literature's greatest anti-heroines, Estella, played by British rising star Holliday Grainger; a script by One Day author David Nicholls; and Miss Havisham – the dusty embodiment of dashed hope – played by Helena Bonham Carter, the signs look good for Great Expectations, a new movie adaptation of Charles Dickens' 19th-century masterpiece. Ahead of the movie's release this week, we talk to Holliday Grainger on her starring role. Out November 30 (UK)
Estella is such an iconic literary character – how did you approach the role?
She's a compelling character because she's not a traditional romantic heroine. I wanted to portray the ambiguities that make her so complex. She's remembered for her coldness, derived from her childhood with Miss Havisham that was stripped of human warmth and kindness. But in the script, there's sympathy for her love for Pip and self-hatred at not being able to reciprocate his feelings, so I tried to find a place for all her different colors.
You star with an incredible cast – what was it like on set?
Maybe because we were all working on such a classic family favorite the atmosphere on set was really warm and fun, even in the tense scenes. Helena Bonham-Carter's got a great ability to snap straight into character that despite the surreal, grotesque surroundings, between takes we'd be chatting about our favorite TV shows.
What's next for you?
I'm filming series three of the TV drama The Borgias [co-starring Jeremy Irons and Derek Jacobi] in Budapest at the moment. She's another iconic woman, and it's another game of dress up!credits
Photographs: John Gollings;
Corbis. Artwork: David
Hockney A Bigger Splash, 1967. Tate Gallery, London.
© David Hockney