The marie antionettes of this world…

Yes I am a sucker for television series’ and get hooked on them the exact second I start to watch them and now I have another guilty confession and that is the lives of New York’s elite, yes I hate to admit it but it is those girls and boys that make up Gossip Girl. There is so much wrong with this show, yet I love it to pieces and have watched the whole first season in less than a week. Oh I feel guilty already for even bringing this up and so so embarrassed. Yet, it is highly addictive in an incredibly lame way. Firstly, the most horribly lame thing about this show is the opening I guess you could call it credits in which we hear the ambiguous narrator Gossip Girl say: “xoxo Gossip Girl”. Oh it’s really enough to make you sick. The other thing that really bugs me is Dan and his so called under-privledged family living in a loft in Brooklyn wah wah. Under-privledged my ass, well maybe compared to every other spoilt brat in the show but still their loft is amazing and I would never even consider them to be under-privledged. However, what I do like is the storyline, originally I considered it as so lame that Serena (or S as everyone refers to her as, “the it girl”) left New York for a year because she slept with her best friend Blair’s boyfriend wah wah wah- they were always going to get over that. However, things are a lot more sinister than they appear especially with the arrival of Georgina about three quarters through the season her arrival foregrounded by a mysterious array of gifts sent to Serena including cases of champagne, cocaine and porn. This definitely heats things up a bit. Except the show is slightly pathetic and so are all it’s characters so scared of this Gossip Girl where all of them use Gossip Girl to send out ludicrous rumours, which in some cases are very true or very false. The bitch of them all is Blair who uses Gossip Girl to get back at people some in the most bitchy way but some for people that she actually cares out to protect them, maybe she’s slightly nicer than she pretends to be and maybe Chuck the ultimate sleeze isn’t as sleezy as he appears. As for Dan or as Gossip Girl refers to him as Lonely Boy isn’t as much of an outsider as he appears. Everything is slightly all over the place and I find Nate so incredibly boring that his role in the show becomes completely redundant, except for playing the somewhat ‘nice guy,’ but I think Dan kills him on this front.

New York's elite

What is even more exciting or not is the adults whose lives are even more ludicrous than the teenages including drug abuse, affairs with groupies and that never0-ending class battle between the rich and the poor. It’s that typical mixture of teenages with parents even more messed up than they are, who are only interested in class standing, with exception to Dan’s dad who is the reformed rock star and actually seems to give a damn. Serena’s mum is sympathetic, yet still goes for the rich man with Chuck as the son. Sorry if I’m ruining this for anyone. I’m sorry but it’s so unrealistic there hasn’t been this many problems with parents and children. Yet I guess this is what makes it such a joy to watch we love the drama as much as we want everything to be happy we want everything to fuck up and then watch them suffer to life again. It is a tv show it’s not reality. We wish we were the characters but at the same time we recognise that we would hate them if they actually existed. I just know that if I ever met someone like Blair (and I have met a few kind of like her) that I would despise her and that if I met a Dan I would probably fall head over heels in love with him and want to kill Chuck Bass. Yet, there are times when I love Blair when I think Chuck is awesome and when I completely hate Dan. And that’s the fun of tv shows we watch everything fall to shit and we watch it recindle as we restore our faith in characters or perhaps change our minds and just when we do we find out that really they haven’t and we go back to hating them. Who will end up with who? I secretly can’t wait to find out!

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the dude abides

Just to make myself clear I am a massive fan of the Coen Brothers, I love Fargo for Francis McDormand’s “oh yeah” and the stunning cinematography, I love Blood Simple (their first movie) because it is the precursor of what is to follow and I love No Country for Old Men because it manages to create this unbelievable amount of suspense without using music; the silence is mortifying. Yet, I’ve got to say I have this crazy guilty pleasure for The Big Lebowski- A comedy about the white Russian drinking lazy Dude. The Dude is played by Jeff Bridges who convincingly plays someone without a job that spends all of his time bowling and drinking white russians, however gets caught up in a ridiculous situation due to the fact that someone pees on his rug and he wants it back- “It really tied the room together.” This mess includes one million dollars stolen from a charity organisation, an eccentric feminist artist (played by Juliane Moore), porn stars, pyschotic Germans and a teenages homework paper. It’s a bit of a mis-match really but it ties together so coherently a well as well as that rug tying the room together. It’s really one of those quotable movies where afterwards you sit around and just quote everything that is rememerable, anything that comes to mind. However, what I really love about this movie are the hallucinations and dream sequences in which the Dude gets carried into these alternate universes. These are almost musical numbers where the Dude dancess and prances in a world of bowling and women to Kenny Rogers’ I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition my Condition was in). The cinematography is amazing as the Dude’s shadow emerges from behind a gleaming wall, and the sexual undertones of the bowling pin and balls, even the women’s breasts are bowling balls. Jeff Bridge’s lame dancing and fixated eyes make the sequence ever so more realistic in a completely unrealistic way, the whole sequence is really quite unbelievable and almost verges on tacky but that’s really the charm of it.

In terms of the other performances my favourite would have to be Juliane Moore who plays Maude Lebowski (the Big Lebowski’s daughter) a feminist artist who is really just hilarious exaggerated by her entrance into the film flying over a painting naked and splattering paint followed by her explaining that

Maude Lebowski: Does the female form make you uncomfortable, Mr. Lebowski?
The Dude: Uh, is that what this is a picture of?
Maude Lebowski: In a sense, yes. My art has been commended as being strongly vaginal which bothers some men. The word itself makes some men uncomfortable. Vagina.
The Dude: Oh yeah?
Maude Lebowski: Yes, they don’t like hearing it and find it difficult to say whereas without batting an eye a man will refer to his dick or his rod or his Johnson.
The Dude: Johnson?

Do you like sex?

In conjunction with her is The Dude’s bowling mate Walter (John Goodman) who is a Vietnam Veteran and fake Jew who takes both very seriously and is slightly insane, actually more to the point extremely insane. He makes every situation worse yet still thinks he is right about everything and as he pulls his gun out because another bowlers foot was over the line it’s completely hilarious- He takes his bowling seriously. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is as good as he always is convincingly playing the nervous secretary of the rich Lebowski abiding and repeating everything he says, I would refer to him as the Big Lebowski’s bitch. There’s heaps of other characters to that really tie the whole movie together but I think you should just watch it to see.

The dude abides

The Coen Brothers really make this movie excellent and everything works together so well from the coreographed dance sequences to the subtle humour that I think I haven’t fully grasped yet. There are so many pop culture references and movie references from the musical to the gangster film to the pronographic to the Western (the narration). The film really encompasses it all in a dorky and suprising coherent way.

Nazis and Fashion Designers

With this blog post I am going to squeeze in two reviews because I’ve seen two pretty awesome, yet completely different films in the last two days that really are worth mentioning. The two films are of course Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Barsterds and Anne Fontaine’s Coco Avant Chanel, staring the fabulous Audrey Tatou who I have now decided that I love. I will start with Inglourious Barsterds because really it is very typically Tarantino, and very Pulp Fiction, so if you like Pulp Fiction and none of his other films see it because it constructs characters in a similar way to Pulp Fiction. Five things I liked about this movie because I really have to keep this brief and it’s late at night and therefore cannot be bothered making it long. Firstly, Brad Pitt is really good as the leader of the Inglorious Basterds, a group of men whose main job is to ‘killing Nazis’ and then stripping their skulls. Brad Pitt is hilarious in this film from his accent to his strange leadership where he doesn’t really care who dies to him putting on the most horrible Italian accent you have ever heard in your life. He brings energy and humour to the film without really looking like he’s trying too hard which works really well.

Killing Nazis

Killing Nazis

Secondly, is the bar scene in France because my favourite part of Tarantino films is conversation, he somehow creates these fabulous character dynamics and conversation that is so witty and clever. The bar scene that goes for about 45 minutes just captures everything that you want to see as you watch characters untangle each others words, misconstrue things and get themselves into verbal messes as they play celebrity heads. The mixture of accents is entertaining enough. Thirdly is the suspense, the way music builds up to reach a climax but then waits just that little bit longer, relief sets in and then bam bam bam, the screen erupts with violence, or something extreme happens. It’s just precision in filmmaking to time everything to leave you totally blown away, it’s exciting and thrilling. Fourthly, and yes I may sound like a complete film nerd in saying this and maybe my cinema studies has started to impact me but it’s the way Tarantino constructs time, he does it in this way that is truly inspiring, by having two events happening simultaneously on the screen, but in story time representing a different time and space. For instance, without giving anything away how he simultaneously shows the rumifications of an event at the same time that the even is actually happening, so the audience is placed in the head of the person that is first hearing about this event because we first are. I may not be explaining this very well, however I seriously think this is the magic of the film and is done in a way that is not confusing at all. Lastly, the two female actresses, Shosanna Dreyfus particularly, firstly she is completely gorgeous and secondly because you feel her pain, you know what motivates her and I think she is the most sympathetic character in the entire film. Diane Kruger is also excellent in the bar scene and brings this lively presence to the film.

a friendly game of celebrity heads

a friendly game of celebrity heads

And now on to my second film Coco Avant Chanel that stars my second favourite actress at the moment Audrey Tatou, also in Amelie. This film was not what I expected it follows the life of the famous fashion designer before she became famous and really it was intriguing. I’m not going to do the five things I like about it I’m just going to chat about it as there is not so much that distinctive style that Tarantino has. The film is well shot, and the setting is particularly lovely, I especially liked this scene when she first goes to the beach and there are all these markets and people gathered on this bleak day. It just looks amazing and it so well choreographed as she walks right down the middle of all these woman who look the same and she stands out so brilliantly. In fact, throughout the films entirety, from set design to costuming to choreography she sharply stands out from all these elaborately dressed women, while she stands there in a non-corsetted dress or loose suits. The highlights the importance of Chanel on the fashion world, she revolutionised fashion, updated it, without really ever wanting to be a fashion designer in the first place.

Tatou magnificiently standing out in black

Tatou magnificiently standing out in black

However, the predominant thing that makes this film is Tatou, who is absolutely magnificient as this bitter, sweet Chanel, who seems to distaste everything that surrounds her. It really is strange that even though she did grow up in an orphanage she still treated the higher-class world distastefully, she wanted to be part of it, yet as soon as she is in it she wants to leave. Tatou’s bitterness is shown strongly throughout the film’s entirety, where there are only a few brief moments where she graces the audience with a smile, otherwise it is this look of distaste, longing and perhaps a glimpse of fear registered on her face, executed with perfection. She really brings this presence to the film that she really needed to as the Chanel figure, she needed to be everything that she was, she needed to stand dominant to the other characters, and that she did. Where all the mise-en-scene works to contrast her against everyone else, to make her stand out as this dominant figure, that is going to show all these over-dressed ladies what real fashion is.

Sing a song, dance a dance

I have found a general theme through these blogs that lead me on to believe that my favourite films are those that have a really good soundtrack, are about music content wise, or are indeed musicals. However, just to clear this up and I do not care if you hate me forever, I really dislike Grease, yes kill me now. Nevertheless, the point of this blog post is the wonderful musical Singin’ in the Rain, (1952) directed and staring Gene Kelly, and also directed by Stanley Donen. To tell you the truth I have no idea why I was not exposed to this film earlier because I loved nearly every single bit about it. It was colourful, funny, had great songs and was about movies, which is something that I also love movies about movies. Due to the fact that at the moment I am studying Authorship and Narrative with particular focus on the filmmusical I have been handed articles that say Singin’ in the Rain is the only filmmusical that matches those of Ernst Lubitsch, whom was a Classical Hollywood director, who if was not born the filmmusical probably would not exist. However, this is not the point Singin’ in the Rain is pure glee, you cannot help but smile at these glorious characters who you know like singin’ in the rain, which makes me extraordinarily happy. I have a lot of favourite parts, but I will go through a few, firstly is the character Lina Lamont played by Jean Hagen. Her character is absolutely hysterical. She plays this ditzy yet manipulative female actress who has the most horrible high pitched voice you have probably ever heard, and therefore career is ruined when sound is introduced to the cinema. I love her because she has this high sense of superiority, when really everyone is absolutely irritated by her, and really cannot stand to be around her. My favourite scene with her is when she is getting trained by a voice coach, very much My Fair Lady and says “Can’t” in this very ugly over Americanised way as the voice coach hopelessly tried to make her say “Can’t” softly. It really is a lovely moment.

lina lemont

lina lemont

My second favourite part of this film is a scene when Cosmo Brown climbs up walls and jumps all over things like a crazy lunatic. Cosmo played by Donald O’Connor brings this hyper sense of energy to the film, which makes it shine  and honestly I love him, because he almost seems invincibly happy and go-lucky. Seriously, if the film in general does not leave a massive smile on your face his performance alone will. The next awesomely wonderful bit is the broadway scene at the end of the film, which could be summed up as an explosion of colour, dance and happiness as our main character gets whooshed into this magical world of broadway, it truly is marvellous, from the fashion of all the ladies in the background to the magnificent colour clash of the green dress, yellow vest and bright pink background that makes you feel like you’ve personally been taken into this magical world of happiness and wonder. So, yes maybe I am getting a bit carried away, I know some people that would absolutely hate this film because it is in fact too happy, yes he does sing in the rain and enjoys it. However this really is the spirit of the characters in this film, it’s all about living to be happy, which is something that I love.

i love the colour clashes so much

i love the colour clashes so much

Other things to mention are the “Good Morning” song, which makes you want to become a morning person, and where Charlie’s Angels obviously stole that flip over the couch dance move from tut tut tut. And actually according to imdb (the love of my life) there is a continuity error, where two people on the couch actually swap places which I will have to watch out for the next time I watch it. Also, of course the “Singin in the Rain” song, and how could I forget. My friend Holly perfectly summed up this scene by saying “I want a yellow raincoat and umbrella and go swinging around poles down the street.” That is what I think this film does it doesn’t cause you to think deeply about life or to ponder on lifes misfortunes but it makes you want to embrace life, and to ask yourself why aren’t I as happy as these people? Well yes none of us are famous movie stars but…. So I’m kinda semi assuming that everyone on this planet has seen this film since it was made in 1952 and yes I know that I am drastically behind the times, however go see this film, it will make your day!

“That’s movie talk”

At the beginning of this year I started to write a list of all the films I wanted to watch by the end of this year. I got some of the films of mum telling me that I had to watch that movie, some from my cinema studies tutes, 1001 movies you must watch before you die, and various other sources. My list contains a jumble of different films from Van Sant’s Elephant to 24 Hour Party People (one which I was thoroughly disappointed with) to Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo, which is what I will talk about in this post, because it truly is fantastic, sometimes you just need this sense of one hour and twenty minute escapism, which is what you get from this chirpy, upbeat film about a film.

staring mia farrow and jeff daniels

staring mia farrow and jeff daniels

The Purple Rose of Cairo was made in 1985, written and directed by Woody Allen, who pretty much releases a film a year. To be honest I haven’t seen a large range of his films, but what he usually delivers is a short and sweet, yet quirky romantic comedy, with a Woody Allen touch that you cannot really describe until you see his films. However, he is known to have done some darker films such as Match Point. The Purple Rose of Cairo is light in most aspects apart from the abusive husband and the depressing times that the film is set in, in which our main character Cecilia gets all her joy from going to the movies and I guess in some form living through the characters that she sees to extract happiness into her life. I really enjoyed this film because it was like you weren’t even watching a film, it was kind of like watching my life in a way, well without the depressing aspects, because movie characters really are more interesting, and shed a romantic light over the everyday lives that we live. When Tom Baxter one of the charters in the film she has seen five times adresses the audience telling Cecilia that he is love with her your heart beats that little bit quicker because it is what you always dream of whenever you are watching a film and fall in love with one of the characters, why doesn’t anyone exist like that in real life? The film’s humourous side comes from the characters stuck in the film, discussing the departure of Tom from the film and how it cannot go on without him-

Larry: I want to go too! I wanna be free! I want out!
Mr. Hirsch’s Lawyer: I’m warning you, that’s Communist talk!

The film is quite delightful, as Cecilia gets taken on this adventure with a character that is romaticism embodied, the one she always wanted, as he states he’s ‘honest, dependable, courageous, romantic, and a great kisser.’ What more could you want? But of course there is conflict, conflict between the real and the imaginary, when the actor who plays Tom gets called to the scene worried about his career being stolen by his own character. Ah, I apologise if my writing is confusing you, it is quite difficult to write about a film that is about a film. Cecilia then comes to her dilemma between what is real and what is imaginary, or is it?

why can't i spend a day in a film?

why can't i spend a day in a film?

I like this film because I constantly get into situations where I quite awkwardly suggest what everyone and every situation would be like if it was a movie, for instance “This would be the part where…” and “This is the bit where there should be a fade…” So i guess this is why I feel an immediate attachment with this film, especially the quote: “You make love without fading out?” says the naive movie character. Please, please lets edit life, insert fades, cuts, dissolves, how much better would it be? So maybe I am getting a bit carried away because I know that some people would absolutely despise this film because it it dramatic and over the top, but really I don’t care because I feel like it represents a little bit of who I am and I wish it had never been made so I could make it myself.

I suggest watching this film when it is raining outside and your huddled up in bed under blankets and all warm and snug because it will lift you up, and wish that your life was a movie!!!!

I will watch you over and over again and never get sick of you, never, ever

Throughout my life I have gone through phases with some particular films that I enjoy so much that I watch over and over again. My mum and dad would often come home and say ‘Oh no, not this again,’ and I would sit there and smile happily, watching the film that I love so much that will never get sick of, well until I find another film. I think it all started with the Lion King back in my young childhood days, where my mum fondly says to me remember that time when you watched The Lion King for seven days in a row, ah The Lion King, and believe me I do still cry in that movie, and I am not ashamed to admit it. I look back over those Lion King days with great happiness, because I think it is something great that you love a movie so much that you can continue to watch it over and over again. To be honest I do not think that these films are ones that are terrifically fabulous, well made, presented films, they’re are films that you can emotionally connect with and usually ones that are fairly feel good, because sometimes with the more depressing type films you cannot bring yourself to watch them again because they are so heart wrenching. I have always been one of these people, the ones that can continue to watch films again and again, despite knowing the entire diaogue and soundtrack off by heart, and yes I am ahsamed to admit this one, but this is the case with The Parent Trap. I did have a very unhealthy obsession for a while with this film, and yes I got it out recently and watched it still remember the exact moments when each song started and finished and what each character was going to say at that exact moment. Yet, I will not go into great depth about that movie, as there is little to no depth at all in the film itself, and I am far too embarrassed to dwell on it any further. The next stages of my film obsessions went through films such as 10 Things I Hate About You and many of those ’90s teen films, but at the moment my current obsessions are ‘Across the Universe’ and ‘Empire Records,’ both involving music, yet both completely different and every time I reach into my dvd collection it is like a magnet pulls me to them not allowing me to even consider anything else, which means for a few months my film viewing is restricted due to this very unhealthy obsession of mine, but something that excites me at the same time.

Across the Universe, directed by Julie Taymor

Across the Universe, directed by Julie Taymor

Firstly, Across the Universe was one of those films I knew relatively nothing about when I went and saw it. It was kind of one of those spare of the moment endeavors that resulted in me being totally impressed by a musical, yes it is a musical. To quickly summarise this film it is love story to the tunes of The Beatles. In fact, the songs are my favourite part of this film because they are worked in so well, and are so relevant to the storyline, they just aren’t thrown in for the purpose of putting in a Beatles song, the film itself is set in 1960s New York in the midst of the war. I am trying to think of some reason why I can watch this film over and over again but I just think it is simply 1960s culture mixed with music and awesome trippy psychedelic scenes that pull me in, I especially like the drug fuelled bus trip where everything turns into this trippy unrealistic colourful explosion. The other reason may be that I find Jim Sturgess who plays main character Jude so overwhelmingly good-looking, but you know.

My favourite scene of this film is when Max is called in by Uncle Sam and appropriately the song ‘I Want You’ is played and it goes into this montage of tests that Max must take before admitted into the army, except it is done so well, with really creative set design, costuming and choreography of these soldiers that literally look like those toy soldiers that kids collect. The scene is truly amazing esspecially the part where the camera moves down this set of opening and closing square doors that show different parts of people’s bodies being tested, strenched, etc. emphasising the way the governent treated these men like objects rather than people. This indicates that apart from this love story, the film captures this time in history and the effects of the war on these individuals and the hippy, psychedelic culture that made the 1960s, ah this film is so cool. I think I will continue to watch it for a long time and the covers of the Beatles songs are actually quite good, especially the cover of Let It Be, look out for it because its fantastic.

Gina played be Renee Zellweger

Gina played be Renee Zellweger

Straight away I know why I love Empire Records, because it makes me so happy while I watch it and everything is just so funny, from Renee Zellweger and Liv Tyler who look so young to the dialogue that is so ridiculously stupid, and meant to be that you cannot help but laugh. I also think that I love it because it is this idea of a perfect job, that I don’t think even exists, but at the same time gives me this weird sense of hope. If you haven’t seen this film, which I doubt very much because I feel like everyone in existence has, since I was one of the last to be introduced to its brilliance, it is pretty much about a record store that is fighting against getting taken over by a chain record company. All the characters are hilariously different, and fit all these seperate I guess stereotypes, similar to The Breakfast Club, but less explicit. There is the extremely goofy Mark, that I think may be my favourite who is determined to make a band. and I quote:

Mark: Hey, Lucas. I’ve decided I’m going to start a band.
Lucas: The first thing you need is a name. Then you’ll know what kind of band you’ve got.
Mark: Right, right. I was thinking about, um, Marc. How does that sound?
Lucas: Is that with a C or with a K?
Mark: Well my name is with a
[checks his nametag]
Mark: K, so I was thinking my band’s name could be with a C. That way it’s kind of that psychedelic, you know, trip thing.
Lucas: Always play with their minds.

Ah it is just so ridiculous, but it is meant to be so I think this is why I love this film, because there is nothing overally serious about it, and anything that is slightly serious is mended and they all in a sense live happily ever after, and dance under the stars. I also love it and I think everyone loves it because it is this awesome cool workplace. I wish I could just list the quotes from the film, because it really is one of those films that after you watch it you just continually quote it for days, because it is really funny and fun to watch, quote and sing along too, because it does have a pretty great soundtrack. You will then use the film as a reference point ‘Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy’ and celebrate Rex Manning day, maybe? maybe not? But anyway if you want that little bit of harmless escapism I totally recommend this film to cheer up those overally dull, boring days.

little dialogue, so so much emotion

They say that a good movie draws you in within the first fifteen minutes and keeps you in throughout the entire film, making it seem like that hour and a half or so went for ten minutes, oh did the movie just end? This is the exact effect that happened to me while watching Samson and Delilah, an Australian film directed by Warwick Thorton. I had been wanting to see this film since it won the Golden Camera Award at Cannes. I seriously was not disappointed, which I told my mum after exiting the film, that this was most definitely not overrated, not in the least.

media release poster

media release poster

The thing that tells me this film is so unbelievably fantastic is that so much is conveyed without dialogue, in fact the film barelly has any dialogue in it and the character’s emotions are very much conveyed through action and the very clever and skillful cinematography. One of my favourite parts of this film is near the beginning where Samson throws a rock into Delilah’s back, an ‘obvious’ sign of affection. So yes, there are light-hearted parts to this highly captivating, yet depressing film about aboriginal teenages that slowly get destroyed by drugs, deaths and violence. On the whole if this movie does not make you cry I will be shocked! The scenes are touching and so well put together, with a large use of silhouetted images, conveying the dark shadows that lie over these characters and the dark world in which they live, even though it is very much bright and sunny on a daily basis, this is not their life. One scene that makes you realise just how desperate these teenages are is when Delilah tries to sell her art work to people sitting in cafes and they all just look at her disapprovingly, because she is covered in dirt and obviously homeless, this long shot that pans across all these people looking at her with disgust makes me realise just how lucky we are. They do not even have a house to live in. The film is so well done, where everything is true to the story, and done so realistically, where you feel this stabbing pain in your chest when you realise that Samson’s brain is so fried that he does not even realise that Delilah is being dragged away into a car by thugs. The background simply blurs as he stumbles on, petrol in hand. Oh and do not worry I am not ruining any substantial plot details.

one of those rare lighter parts in the film

one of those rare lighter parts in the film

This film also does extraordinarily well at capturing the context in which these two individuals are unfortunately placed as the beginning of the film shows the routined lives of these two individuals, a simple repetition of the same events everyday, where they do everything they can to somewhat survive in this tiny outback town, made up of a few houses and a lot of dust. The wide birds-eye view angles of the town truly capture the desperate nature of these people on an everyday basis. This mixed with Delilah wheelchairing her nana back and forth along a dusty road and forcing her to take her tablets every morning establishes her character as someone who has grown up too quickly, who has had to look after someone, when perhaps she is the one that needs to be looked after. Even though there is very little dialogue this film uses music very well to not only express the routine of their lives through ‘the verandah band’ but also music as a metaphor for peace, whenever either of these two people hear music they are spellbounded into this exterior world, a world where everything seems just that little bit better. This is so wonderfully shown in a shot that shows Samson dancing in slow motion, the camera close up on his body as he is absorbed into the music. It is moments like this that make you realise how special this film is, one that is also so close to home in an Australian context also makes it that little bit better, it is always good to see a well made Australian movie, well it gives me hope anyway.

Delilah played by Marissa Gibson

Delilah played by Marissa Gibson

Now that I think back on this film it makes me feel this little sense of shame that I have ever complained about anything in my whole life, because I have never experienced anything has horrible as these two teenages, stuck in the middle of no where, ostracised from the only place that represents a tiny bit of safety, that really is not even that safe. Without dialogue you feel these two individuals love in these dire circumstances as they watch each other and in some ways look after each other in the best way they can, well in Delilah’s case anyway. I look back at this film and realise just how brilliant it is because it has so little dialogue and so so much heart at its very core, because without the strength in character that these two people have I do not know how they would ever have survived.