Tuesday, October 21, 2008
My entries on the recent independent Australian productions Boxing Day (dir: Kriv Stenders), pictured above, and Son of a Lion (Benjamin Gilmour) are now up on the National Film and Sound Archive's australianscreen.com website - complete with synopses and short essays on the films, plus three clips from each (with accompanying commentary on each clip).
Everyone interested in Australian cinema who's not au fait with the site - an invaluable resource - should check it out.
Extracts: "Stenders’s techniques (on Boxing Day) are, of course, as deliberate and stylised as those used for more conventional or obviously artificial films. The point however is not that Boxing Day is real – as an artistic artefact it is by definition abstracted from reality – but that its production methods bring it subjectively closer to the shifting, complex realities of everyday human interaction."
"Key themes (of Son of a Lion) – education versus work, the life of the mind versus the culture of aggression and guns, new ways versus tradition, city sophistication versus provinciality, the West versus the Islamic world – are given lucid expression, aided by Gilmour’s strong narrative instincts and the cast’s unaffected performances."