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The winner of a double pass to Creedence Clearwater
Revisited, at Trentham Racecourse on February 3, is
Ruth Trethewey of Palmerston North.
Get down to
Tony McLaughlin and friends will be belting out the
tunes at the third Party in the Paddock concert on
February 4 near Palmerston North.
The fundraiser for Arohanui Hospice features The
Soul Collective with Johnny McCormack, Dirt Box
Charlie, Uprising, Krytic, Jessie Stratford and
Alastair Cartwright, Josh Ellery, Soren Olson, Ignite
and Nathaniel Whitelock.
Party in the Paddock is at 104 Lockwood Rd,
Kairanga, 2pm till 11pm.
Pack a picnic and enjoy the local sounds. There is
limited camping available.
Tickets are $40, with schoolchildren free when
accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available from
Arohanui Hospice reception, GQ Clothing, Jolt,
Harts, and Beggs Music Centre.
Subtle spy movie needs no explosions
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Reviewed by David Collins
Oldman, left, and
John Hurtare MI6
Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
All-star cast a raretreat
In some ways, Tinker, Tailor,
Soldier, Spy is as much an enigma
as the mystery at the centre of its
story. It is so deliberate, so con-
trolled, without making you feel dis-
tant, that the viewer is inexorably
Navigating this hefty tale is Gary
Oldman, playing George Smiley, an
operative in Britain s Intelligence
Service. Forced out after an oper-
ation goes wrong, Smiley is called
back in an attempt to identify who
among his high-ranking former
colleagues is giving secrets to the
It s nothing but masterful story-
telling -- especially in the way the
presence of the director (Tomas Alf-
redson) is missing.
The combination of camera work
and editing are such that an overt
sense of being led through the film
by an author simply isn t there.
It is the characters and their
decisions (weaving their way from
flashbacks to the past then to the
present and back again as Smiley
hunts down the double-agent) that
hold everything together.
The result is something quite
sophisticated as the film attempts to
describe the true cost on lives spent
in espionage and the destruction --
often personal -- that can be
What must the book be like if the
film is as dense and tightly plotted
as it is? It s a credit to the writers
that they were able to adapt John le
Carre s novel so effectively.
It s silly to go on about the calibre
and capabilities of this cast, when
really it s as if some mighty
thespian Frankenstein were
stitched together and brought to
Oldman is fantastic, of course,
with the con-
their profession; John Hurt, Mark
Strong, Colin Firth and Toby Jones
(all playing members of the service)
To be sure, it s not light fare by
any means, but don t let that put
It s refreshing when a film refuses
to patronise you with inane dia-
logue, or distract you with
explosions. You deserve better.
So, why are you still reading this
far when you should be online book-
ing a ticket? Don t miss out.
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