Tommy Matisse (Dan Spielman) lives for his music, and hears music in everything around him – from the rhythms of traffic to the pounding of his girlfriend’s Alysse (Leanna Walsman)’s heart. His mother Carolyn (Kerry Armstrong) doesn’t understand him. But Tommy is sensitive to everything - except the calls from those who need him, including his younger sister Emma (Abbie Cornish) who is going through a personal crisis. Fuelled by a concoction of pills from casual young drug dealer Trig (Nathan Phillips), Emma and Alysse’s night of partying ends in tragedy. Overwhelmed by guilt, Alysse tells Tommy what happened, but his anger destroys their relationship. Alysse heads down a path of drugs and destruction, falling into the arms of record producer/drug dealer Hector Lee (Andrew Howard).
 

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The young cast is superb and the story is well told that is almost a frightening reality.

Tommy, played by Dan Spielman, lives and breathes music; he\'s left his mother, Kerry Armstrong, kid sister, Emma, Abbie Cornish, and girlfriend Alysse, Leeanna Walsman, behind in Melbourne while he studies at the Royal College of Music in London - so he\'s away when Emma, celebrating her 17th birthday with Alysse at a dance club, ODs on pure heroin in mistake for ecstasy. Returning home, Tommy blames Alysse, driving her into the arms of club-owner and drug dealer Hector, Andrew Howard. Paul Currie\'s debut feature indicates a lot of talent and a prodigiously inventive visual sense.

One Perfect Day
explores the passion young people have for music, and the popularity of the dance scene, with a great deal of style and precision and, interestingly enough, it comes down strongly against the use of recreational drugs: Emma\'s death was a direct result of this. The film is less successful in its portrayal of the diabolical Hector, whose character is on the lurid side, but this flaw apart there\'s much to admire, not least in the acting of the young cast. And Kerry Armstrong, as the grieving mother, is, as she usually is, extraordinary.