A modest man is suddenly seized from his apartment and interrogated by the police for what initially is presented as involving a stolen car, but its slowly revealed to involve a serial killing. Meanwhile Internal Affairs is investigating the manner in which the investigating officers work.

A tantalisingly satisfying new Australian film experience.

Craig Monahan's first feature film as director, The Interview, not only opened the Melbourne Film Festival, it's been invited into competition at the Montreal Film Festival. This film, which quietly made its way into production, and into our consciousness is a major achievement by Monahan and his cast and crew. Hugo Weaving plays Eddie Fleming, a man whose solitary and fairly impoverished existence is suddenly disrupted by the police. Kafkaesque in its initial elusiveness we don't know why Eddie is being victimised in this way. Back at the station the interview begins. Steele - Tony Martin is the calm one of the two detectives - Prior, Aaron Jeffrey is much more volatile, much more contemptuous. Eddie is rather a pathetic creature. He's lost his job, his wife, he's one of life's losers. He whinges - he's hungry. The two police seem intent on connecting Eddie with a stolen car, and then gradually the ground shifts. Eerily, Eddie is not so pathetic any more.

Hugo Weaving gives one of his best ever performances on film in this. And he's balanced so perfectly by Tony Martin. There are so many terrific aspects to this film - the multi-layered texture of the screenplay, the design by Richard Bell, Simon Duggan's cinematography, which is crucial to conveying some weird skew to this story. What may seem to be just telemovie territory actually breaks beyond those limited bounds by the ambition of its ideas and of its telling. Craig Monahan, who's worked in documentary, commercials and music video till now, displays an assured control of the medium. The film looks great, his performers deliver and his screenplay is compellingly complex. Altogether a tantalisingly satisfying new Australian film experience.