Holiday program follows the clues at Mudgee Baptist ChurchPHOTOS

Holiday program follows the clues at Mudgee Baptist Church | PHOTOS Jordyn Richards, Jessica Halbisch, Will Daniell and William Wiseman with their stamp art and disguises.
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Elke Simpson, Xanthe Althofer, Maggie Virgona, Matilda Uryszek and Miriam Halbisch play out the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in a drama session.

Tristan Van Reason and Jake Begg perform as Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother and the Big Bad Wolf in a drama session.

Playing out the story of Alice in Wonderland: Emily Gatley, Jaya Maddock-Delph, Harriet Etherington, Angelina Lillis, Bessie Nicholson, Sarah Gatley, Ruby Redfern and Emma Clulow.

Grace and Harry Sykes did stamp art.

Anastasia Germon displays her mysterious artwork created in the Thursday afternoon art session.

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Worrigee residents call for meeting on public safety

COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Keith Baker from Carrington Park Estate, Worrigee has called a meeting to address neighbourhood concerns about an increase in crime.MORE than 50 Worrigee residents have united in calling for a community meeting to address crime in their neighbourhood.
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Keith Baker has lived in Carrington Park estate for 10 years.

Mr Baker said he has been robbed three times and after doing his own research estimates as many as 70 per cent of residents in the estate have been the victims of crime in one way or another.

Last month his car was one of four that were broken into in one night.

He said he is fed up with what he sees as a growing crime trend.

“Older residents have come to see me worried. One family moved from Sydney, where they said they feared for their lives, and moved to Nowra.

“Now they’ve been robbed,” he said.

Mr Baker recently called for a community meeting on the issue of crime in Worrigee.

“I have written to MP Shelley Hancock, the police and the Mayor calling for Mrs Hancock to convene a community meeting here in Worrigee.”

Mr Baker said the purpose of the meeting would be to question officials on what is being done to fight crime in Worrigee.

He also believes the Worrigee community needs to look at bringing back a neighbourhood watch type program.

“We hardly see police patrols in this area any more. We are victims,” he said.

“I did a letterbox drop asking residents to put a note in my letter box if they would support a community meeting. So far I’ve had about 50 people from this neighbourhood write to me asking for a meeting.

“I cannot do this myself, I need all residents to help me especially the ones who have been violated.

“I’m just concerned about our community we keep getting ransacked all the time.”

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and a senior member of the Nowra police will meet with Mr Baker at 4pm Wednesday, October 8.

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Community spirit shines through for Hamish

Community spirit shines through for Hamish Enjoying the course were Angus, Matthew and Zavier Jones with Margaret Stone, and Ian and Marilyn Jones. 0914golf_9102
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Avid golfer Sam Turner with his grandad Brian McPhee and Ron Hetherington. 0914golf_9107

Myles Smith was caught mid-swing here.

Clinton Hawke was in full swing. 0914golf_9128

Mike wood was all smiles. 0914golf_9052

Best Dreesed winners were the Complete Hire team of Joel Cowling, Tony Ross, Bruce Cowling and Matt Ross. 0914golf_9056

Anna and Jeff Westcott enjoyed the greens in support of Hamish.

Enjoying the jumping castle were Wayde Kriedemann with Hunter and Quinn, Duncan Neville with Eilish, Maille and Hamish, and James Hayes with Jemma and Corey. 0914golf_9067

Jordan Capple putts while Craig and Braydon Capple look on.

Aaron Carseldine teed off. 0914golf_9094

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Sexist culture needs to be stamped out

A survey of Australians released October 1 by Plan International Australia shows that, unfortunately, we still have a long way to go to address sexism in Australia.
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That three-in-four young Australian women and girls have been subjected to sexist comments and 28 per cent said they often heard a politician, sportsperson or public figure make a sexist remark is deeply concerning.

When men feel it is OK tobehave disrespectfully, and sexist attitudes against women are common, we create a culture of support for violence against women.

One-in-two young women said sexism has affected their career path and one-third said it would be easier to get their dream job if they were male.

Sadly, none of this is surprising.

VicHealth’s National Community Attitudes Survey on Violence Against Women, released recently, showed more than a quarter of Australians believe men make better political leaders and more than one-in-10 said that when jobs are scarce, men have more right to a job than women.

Sexist and violent behaviour is learnt and it can be unlearned.

If we want to change attitudes and create a culture where young women and girls thrive academically and professionally, we need to reject an Australia where sexist behaviour is ignored or trivialised.

Jerril Rechter,

CEO VicHealth

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EDITORIAL: Ominous evidence on unions

WHEN the Abbott Coalition government set up its Royal Commission into trade union governance, some labelled it as no more than an ideological stunt.
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It was suggested that the Coalition was simply looking for another way to discredit trade unions as part of its presumed interest in breaking down and deregulating working conditions.

If anybody still believes that, they are keeping their mouths shut and their heads down, as sensational evidence alleges involvement between organised crime and the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union.

It is being alleged that union officials accepted regular ‘‘bribes’’ from criminals, that outlaw motorcycle gangs infiltrated the union and that threats and intimidation were commonly used by union leaders and their business associates to silence protests and shut down whistleblowers.

Last month, Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Fontana said police were probing organised crime links and allegations of blackmail and extortion within the union.

The union denies illegal conduct, saying its interests are purely the protection of workers’ rights and safety.

But now as many as five union officials have moved to disassociate themselves from the CFMEU’s senior leadership, alleging bullying, intimidation and pressure to participate in illegal activities.

Recent years have been bad ones for the trade union movement, with the actions and alleged actions of some salaried officials threatening to bring the entire institution into disrepute.

This is problematic for union members who have relied on their industrial organisations to do the heavy lifting for them in wage negotiations.

Every proven instance of union misconduct makes it easier for the enemies of unionism to achieve their goal of undermining the institution, and the harder those in charge of the trade union structure fight to preserve their comfortable status quo without addressing the emerging concerns, the worse the problem gets.

Unions exist because circumstance arose in the past that made their existence necessary. Their birth was troubled, and accompanied by often-ferocious battles between activists and employer groups.

For many decades their presence has been taken for granted in Australia, and although their power has been steadily eroded, their influence is still significant in industrial relations and in politics.

If trade unions permit themselves to be discredited because of their behaviour, some officials will no doubt pay a penalty.

But that penalty may pale into insignificance alongside the price that will almost certainly be paid by ordinary union members who stand to lose some of the valuable advocacy and protection that industrial organisations provide.

Maguire puts faith in rookie to replace Luke

Api KoroisauSOUTH Sydney coach Michael Maguire has backed young hooker Api Koroisau to fill the huge void left by Issac Luke’s suspension for Sunday’s NRL grand final.
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Luke is serving a one-match ban for a lifting tackle on Sonny Bill Williams.

Fiji international Koroisau has scarcely played a full 80 minutes in his 13 NRL appearances, and although Maguire admitted he would have to tinker with his tactics to deal with the loss of Luke, he backed the Penrith-bound youngster to rise to the occasion.

‘‘Api has done a great job when he’s come into the team, and he’s been mentored by Issac, so we know we have a quality player coming into the side,’’ Maguire said.

‘‘We’ve got our plan and processes in place and he’ll slot in and away we’ll go.’’

Koroisau filled in for Luke earlier this season when he was sidelined with a shoulder injury, but he split the role with fellow youngster Cameron McInnes.

McInnes was recovering from an ankle injury towards the end of the season but impressed during his stint in the side earlier in the year and is seen as Luke’s long-term successor.

However, Maguire ruled out dropping a forward from his bench to accommodate two hookers.

‘‘We’ll see how the game goes, but what you see here today is what you’ll get,’’ Maguire said at the grand final lunch for the two teams in Darling Harbour.

The loss of Luke is a headache for Maguire, who was giving little away when asked about contingency plans to give Koroisau a spell on the sidelines for what is going to be a fearsome battle between two sets of powerful forwards.

With no other player with experience of playing hooker, Maguire may have to use five-eighth Luke Keary at dummy-half and move John Sutton to the halves.

Chris McQueen, a former winger, filled the role briefly during Koroisau’s debut in round four against Canberra and is also an option.

‘‘It depends on how the game pans out,’’ Maguire said. ‘‘We’ll obviously have a few things in place. We have options there, but we’ll see how we go.’’

Sunday’s game will be the last for Sam Burgess before he heads to play rugby in England, capping off a superb five years in the NRL.

Burgess, who finished third in Tuesday’s Dally M Medal voting behind joint winners Jarryd Hayne and Johnathan Thurston, said he had not thought about anything else apart from going out on a high note on Sunday.

‘‘The clock has been ticking down all year, I guess,’’ Burgess said. ‘‘But this week has been cracking and I’ve been able to spend some good, quality time with the team and I’ve really enjoyed it.

‘‘I am pretty relaxed. It’s been good around our place. We have a good mixture of young and old and I am somewhere in the middle.

‘‘We’ve got some great lads around, and it’s been very easy and brought us closer together,’’ he said.

Dangers of government cutting the RET

South Australia is one of the states with the most to lose if the Federal Government slashes the national Renewable Energy Target (RET) following the recommendations of a review by formerCaltex Chair Dick Warburton.
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Despite the review concluding that the RET was working effectively and that reducing the target would result in higher prices to consumers, it still recommended slashing the target.

If the Federal Government goes down this path, it will be much harder for mums, dads and small businesses to install solar power and solar hot watersystems to help reduce theirpower bills.

Not only that, but more than 2000 South Australian solar jobs and dozens of local solar businesses would also be at risk if the policy is cut.

Billions of dollars in investment will be created if the RET is left alone, generating jobs, providing work for contracting businesses and solar installers.

Australians want a solar future, so Tony Abbott, let’s not blow it.

Kane Thornton,

Acting Chief ExecutiveClean Energy Council

TOPICS: Bear beats belly bulge in time for summer fun

BACK IN FORM: Bear, the three-legged dog from Carrington, makes the most of the attention from his personal trainer, Shoko Kasanami, and owner, Miwa Haas, at Cafe Inu. Picture: Darren PatemanWALK through Carrington and you’ll know you’re in Bear country. Over there, Bear the three-legged dog is a big deal – too big, lately, for his owners’ liking.
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Peter and Miwa Haas – who also own the popular Cafe Inu – soon realised doting customers were behind their American staffy’s burgeoning belly.

‘‘He was just getting bigger and bigger,’’ staff member and Bear’s personal trainer, Shoko Kasanami, told Topics.

‘‘He was getting burgers and chips from people, and next thing we knew, he was like a big barrel.’’

Not only do patrons spoil him (Topics once witnessed a man who resembled a Hell’s Angel cooing ‘‘who’s a good boy, yes you are’’), but Bear was also showing up at the neighbours’ for snacks.

Already a leg down and predisposed to arthritis, Bear had to get serious. So Shoko made him a handy red neckerchief – ‘‘Don’t feed me,’’ it reads – and put him through his paces.

‘‘I’ve been taking him for walks, taking him up the Carrington hill,’’ she said.

‘‘He’s a workaholic. He wakes me up at 6.30am.’’

For a dog who’s just turned four, Bear’s been through a lot. A collision with a shard of metal protruding from a yard last Australia Day cost him a limb, but he was out of bed and running up stairs within weeks.

And with summer almost here, he’s looking svelte and there are even reports of him frolicking with a fetching young staffy. You old dog.

You can follow his adventures on the Facebook page ‘‘Bear the 3-legged Wonder Dog’’.

EVEN IN TURKEY: There was a guy in a Knights jumper at the Lone Pine Cemetery for Anzac Day 2001.

NOVOCASTRIANS Abroad Syndrome is real and it’s been happening for years, confirms Fran Faulkner. She can think of three instances off the top of her head.

‘‘First one, we were at Heathrow when I noticed a lady who looked like my husband’s ex-workmate. Turned out it was her,’’ Fran says.

‘‘Second trip, lady on our tour of Venice set me straight that we had worked together 20 years ago.’’

Again in London, Fran heard a familiar voice – and turned to see a lady from the chemist in Charlestown.

While not abroad, Paul Weaver found that two of three caravans queued at Roxby Downs, WA, belonged to people from the Hunter. He later met travellers from Maitland, Blackalls and Cameron Park. At Marble Bar, he had a beer with Dungog’s favourite son – Doug Walters.

Elaine Street, of Merewether, didn’t expect to find a Hunter connection in Cinque Terre, Italy.

‘‘But I started a conversation with an Australian couple,’’ she says.

‘‘The wife told me she had a sister in Newcastle. The sister was the wife of a retired minister of my church at Scots Kirk Hamilton.’’

Browsing a shop in Calgary, Canada, Nancy Wright, of Tarro, met a woman she recognised from Georgetown. Turned out, she now lived in nearby Red Deer and was keen for word from home.

Finally, Novocastrians Barry and Glenys Martin travelled to Turkey for Anzac Day 2001.

EVEN IN TURKEY: There was a guy in a Knights jumper at the Lone Pine Cemetery for Anzac Day 2001.

‘‘At the Australian Service at Lone Pine Cemetery, we spotted this guy in a Knights jumper,’’ they report.

PARKES AND CONDOBOLIN CASE IH FRANCHISES NOW UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP

The team at Sincock LVM Parkes, from left – Barry Cusack (Manager), Shannon Murdoch (Marketing), Narelle Shorten (Administration) and Garry Hopper (Dealer Principal). Photo: Barbara ReevesProprietors Garry Hopper, DJ Sincock and Darryl Henley would like to advise our clients and the community that the Condobolin and Parkes branches of the businessformerly known as Cornish’s are under new ownership and are now trading as Sincock LVM.
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We are now your local CASE IH dealership, andare agents for STOLL Boomsprays, Flexicoil,Kincrome Tools and Shell Oil.

Come in and see the same friendly staff forall of your CASE IH machinery needs.

PARKES, Barry Cusack,Peak Hill Road (02)6862 5011

CONDOBOLIN,Darryl Henley,16 William Street PH: (02) 6895 2622

Sincock LVM will be having a GRAND OPEN DAY onThursday, October 9, 2014, at the PARKES store and Friday, October 10, 2014, at the Condobolin store.

There will be a wide range of CASE IH equipment ondisplay, together with CASE IH management team fromSt Mary’s head office in Sydney for both official openings.

Displays and reps from our other majorsuppliers will be in attendance.

A BBQ lunch & refreshments will be provided.

The teams hope to see as many of Their customers there aspossible to welcome the new Dealer Principals of SINCOCK LVM and to talk to the decision makers within CASE IH.

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Pipe proposal ditched by LMW

FORMER first Mildura Irrigation Trust chair Jim Belbin has condemned Lower Murray Water for ditching a long-standing proposal to replace the L South trunk channel through Nichols Point with a pipeline.
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Kids in danger: Mildura irrigator Jim Belbin has hit out at Lower Murray Water for a “last minute” change to the proposal to replace the L South trunk channel through Nichols Point.

The L-South channel curves around the Nichols PointPrimary School’s southern boundary.

Although a high fence stands between the school and the channel, the open concrete channel is still considered a hazard to the town’s children.

Mr Belbin said the need to pipeline the channel to protect the primary school was the original basis of the proposal for $103 million in funding for the Sunraysia modernisation channel.

The project been part of FMIT’s master plan, and was still part of Lower Murray Water’s plan for the SMP as recently as May last year.

He said the proposal had been deleted at the last minute, without proper public consultation, in favour of an unspecified upgrade to the to Koorlong area’s K West channel.

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PARKO’S CALL: Rabbitohs v Bulldogs an unlikely match up

Show me a man who predicted before the start of the season that South Sydney would play Canterbury in the NRL grand final and I’ll show you a liar.
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South Sydney fans are looking to the heavens along with captain John Sutton and stars Greg Inglis and Sam Burgess to end the club’s 43-year premiership drought.

Seriously, it was against the odds to say the least.

In 2013, the Bulldogs finished sixth and went out first up in the semis to Newcastle – which probably says enough about their year.

As for Souths, well, there is a rumour doing the rounds that Channel 9 is going to broadcast Sunday’s grand final in black and white as to replicate the last time the Bunnies won a comp.

But as we get ready for the NRL’s biggest day, here we are, South Sydney against Canterbury Bankstown.

It feels like for the past five years every year has been Souths year.

Unfortunately, for long-suffering fans of the red and myrtles their team have kept falling at hurdles they should have bounded over.

But surely, this is it. They can’t lose this one. Can they?

They’ve got GI, they’ve got the Burgess clones and they’ve got possibly the most demanding, methodical coach going around.

In their two semi-finals they blew away a Manly team that had been the benchmark for most of the season and the Roosters who ended up taking out the minor premiership.

No one could argue Souths don’t deserve to be there, because they do. They destroyed the teams who finished first and second and have been there or thereabouts for most of the ­campaign.

And now, they play the team that ran seventh.

Now, I know it’s the NRL, and one of the ideas of the salary cap was to distribute the ­talent evenly, thus making the teams more even, and anyone can beat anyone on their day.

But Canterbury ran seventh. Out of 16 teams. And they ran seventh for a reason.

Surely there is no way Souths can muck this up.

On Sunday night about 9pm, if it is Souths who lift the trophy, it would wash away 43 years of heartache and frustration and finally give

one of the oldest and proudest Australian sporting clubs their moment to smile in the modern age.

But as a Dogs fan told me this week, this Canterbury team just doesn’t give up.

He gave them little chance of beating the Storm in Melbourne, or Manly a week later, or a well-rested Penrith on Saturday night.

Somehow, they just keep getting the job done.

It’d be a brave man to say they can’t do it again on Sunday.

Who will win?

Obviously no one can say for sure.

But whichever way it goes it has the makings of a classic.

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Street Ride looking forward to return

AKING THE WIN: Street Ride (number 4 with jockey in the lime green) crossing the line first in last year’s Darley Cootamundra Cup Photo: Kelly ManwaringLAST year’s Cootamundra Cup winner Street Ride will be back for another shot at the trophy this Sunday on the back of a good run of results.
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Trainer Gary Colvin says he is “keen to have another crack at it” after another first in Griffith on Saturday, September 13.

“He’s going really well, I’m happy with his work,” Gary said.

Racing officials have rated Cootamundra racecourse a good three, which Gary says won’t worry his horse even though he’s normally better on a slightly firmer track.

“He’s drawn five, it’s a nice draw, when he gets back then he gives back,” Gary said of the barrier draw.

Street Ride will be ridden by Michael Heagney, who is familiar with the horse and won on him in Wodonga two years ago.

Gary thinks his toughest competition will come from Canberra trainers like Barbara Joseph, whose horse Al Ahmar is one of the favourites for the Cup.

Barbara says Al Ahmar has been unlucky getting barrier 11 out of 13, but should still do well if he can get closer to the rail from the outside.

“He’s been a wonderful horse, he’s won 14 and he’ll be carrying 56kg which he can win with,” Barbara said.

“It’s hard to find races for him these days because he does carry so much weight but he should do well.”

Barbara is hoping for a little bit of rain but is happy there will still be plenty of grass and believes Sunday will be a great day before the NRL grand final.

She also has four horses riding on the day and will be vying for the $5000 bonus awarded to the trainer who wins the Cup and two other races.

Apprentice jockey Claire Gee will be riding Al Ahmar following her win on him in Canberra just over a month ago.

Claire has been riding in place of Carly Frater following Carly’s injury in the horror three-horse fall in Wagga on August 22.

Local trainer Richard Coulton is competing in three races on the day, including Jack I Am in the Mick Donoghue Memorial maiden 1400m.

Richard won this event last year with Vindough Boy, who is owned by Cootamundra Turf Club president Brad Shields.

Tricia Anderson is also entering Cousin Bonnie in the Mick Donoghue Memorial and Doskabel in the Stewart Anderson Memorial 1100m maiden plate.

George Dimitropolous rounds out the local entries with Zakynthos Kate in the class one 1600m maiden plate.

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Movie review: Gone Girl

GONE GIRL: Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star in this ambitious thriller with a twist.GONE GIRL
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Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike

Director: David Fincher

Screening: General release

Rating: ★★★

GILLIAN Flynn’s 2012 novel Gone Girl was one of those rare books with something for everyone: both an ingenious thriller (the plot is worthy of Wilkie Collins) and an up-to-date satire on the battle of the sexes, sparing neither male smugness nor pseudo-feminist sanctimony.

Though Flynn’s prose may be more smart-alecky than witty, her sharpest jibes cut deep, as in the legendary passage dissecting the male fantasy of the Cool Girl – the kind of chilled-out hottie who maintains her ultra-feminine appeal while cursing and guzzling hot dogs like one of the guys.

Clearly Gone Girl was always going to be a movie, whatever challenges for the would-be adapter might be posed by its convoluted dual-narrator structure.

In the event, the very capable script was written by Flynn herself, presumably with some input from director David Fincher, one of the most distinctive artistic personalities in today’s Hollywood.

Like every other ambitious American male filmmaker of a certain age, Fincher wants to be Stanley Kubrick, which is to say both an uncompromising artist and a showman capable of reaching the widest public.

In Fincher’s case, this often means snapping up the rights to racy bestsellers – earlier examples include Fight Club and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – which he can film with outward fidelity while pursuing more secretive aesthetic goals.

In a phrase, Gone Girl could be summed up as a film about image management, a central concern for characters and filmmaker alike.

The protagonists – both sometime media professionals – are ‘‘types’’ who recognise themselves as such: Nick Elliott (Ben Affleck) is the regular guy who woos and wins golden girl Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike), then takes her back to his Missouri home town, where their marriage falls apart.

When she vanishes one morning, Nick becomes a suspect in her murder – and as viewers, we’re given no guarantees about whom we should believe, though entries from Amy’s diary, dramatised in flashback, fill in some of the puzzle pieces.

Fincher’s style has changed little since Zodiac, now identifiable as his first ‘‘mature’’ film: tungsten lighting, limited camera movement, a sharp eye and ear for significant detail, and a funereal tone offset by fleet editing that compels us to pay attention or risk missing a clue.

Once news of the disappearance goes public, TV pundits and everyday folk are equally quick to take sides – Team Amy or Team Nick? – even as the viewer is made to suspect that both parties have plenty to hide.

As narrators of the book, Nick and Amy address the reader directly, commenting on the distance between their public and private selves.

While Fincher can’t replicate this effect on film, he achieves an equivalent kind of irony simply by putting the naturally smarmy Affleck in a role that capitalises on the unbelievability of his good-guy screen persona.

Other instances of stunt casting are comparably astute, from Tyler Perry as a purring defence attorney to Neil Patrick Harris as the kind of well-spoken nutcase John Lithgow used to play for Brian de Palma.

With a fraction of Affleck’s screen time, Pike has a much trickier role: she has to be poised and opaque, calm but with hints of treacherous depths.

Floating through the narrative like a ghost, she embodies the aloofness that is both the film’s strength and its weakness.

Admirably, Fincher is not at all interested in the cliche of the glamorous femme fatale – but nor can he summon any trace of the romantic-comedy warmth that would give us an emotional investment in Nick and Amy’s relationship before things go downhill.