Suburban black comedy lacks reals laughs.
Rolf de Heer’s new feature, which he wrote and directed, has a ticklish idea at the centre of its plot, a kind of comedy of manners, mostly of the very bad, irritating kind. The dialogue has no snap, punch or attack; it’s blandly functional, plot...
Unconventional approach to a well-mined topic.
It’s become a trope of film criticism to analyse a film’s merits relative to 'the sum of its parts’, but Jonathan Teplitzky’s Burning Man is that rare example of a fine film where the usual arithmetic need not apply. The fragments are the film....
The directing is spot-on and the performances outstanding, it\'s just a shame about the genre.
The press notes for Ten Empty claim it 'delves behind the barbeques, beer and brick veneer of suburban Australia. In itself, there’s nothing wrong with that. What I object to is that local filmmakers – few of whom live in these 'burbs – always...
A disturbing depiction of violence, hate and crime within a suburban Australian family.
The Boys opens with a man leaving prison. Brett (David Wenham) has served his time for bashing the owner of a suburban bottle shop. His brother, Stevie (Anthony Hayes), comes to take him home, where his other brother, Glenn (John Polson) and his...
Robert Carter wrote the novel The Sugar Factory and, like another Australian author Richard Flanagan who made The Sound of One Hand Clapping, has been given the chance to not only adapt his work to the screen but to direct it. Both films cover...