The Butler

The Butler

Owned by seasoned restaurateursHamish WattsandBen Carroll, Applejackhas just opened its fourth venue in three years,The Butler.

The site of the bar and restaurant has been home to many classic venues in the past, including the iconic Mezzaluna and distinguished Butlers, both of which the current establishment pays homage to. Award-winning Applejack Hospitality Groupexecutive chef James Privett has drawn up a menu filled with spectacular French Caribbean flavours, further complemented by the extensive range of drinks available. The venue itself boasts clear views of the city and a beautifully decorated interior, giving it a striking balance between classy and casual.

The Butler is open now at 123 Victoria Street, Potts Point.

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The Butler

The Butler

Lee Daniels’The Butler is the fictional story of Cecil Gaines, a house butler who served tirelessly through seven White House administrations. A historical film by nature, The Butler profiles repression, conflict and protest from 1957 through to today’s Obama Presidency.

A view through one man’s eyes, the filmchronicles Cecil’s life through America’s Civil War, documented political unrest and presidential assassinations to illustrate the toll this took on the protagonist’s relationships with his wife and family. Judged solely as a houseman of colour, and somewhat lesser than his white counterparts, the film takes Cecil’s character and brings to life his loyalty to himself, his family, colleagues and an obvious love of his vocation.

Academy award winner Forest Whitaker makes this lead role look effortless. At times narrating his experiences, Whitaker’s performance allows us to witness human frailty, both emotional and physical. A stellar cast inclusive of Oprah Winfrey, Lenny Kravitz, John Cusack and Robin Williams, Daniels clearly has the support of a blue chip cast to pull this ambitious work off.

The Butler delights and amuses with humour – not something viewers wouldn’t expect from a film as emotionally affecting as this. Keeping viewers involved for two hours, the feature is a poignant account of one man’s amazing life – a life of violent beginnings and peaceful endings.

4/5 stars

BY LISA HAMILTON

The Butler hits cinemas on Thursday October 31.

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