Monday, May 22, 2006

Oyster Farmer

Saw this film on the weekend on DVD.

Not bad, but a bit disappointed. The highlight was definitely the beautiful cinematography of the Hawkesbury River. Though having said that, I thought the director's comments in the DVD extras about "the river being a character" were a bit much - I'm a bit tired of these "landscape as character" references, ala The Outback in Japanese Story (another yawn of an Australian film, despite the hype) etc etc.

The acting was OK, but I just found the story a bit flat. Got some good reviews, so maybe I'm missing something.

A few reviewers have said this film suggets some hope for the sick state of the Australian film industry. Not sure about that. Though don't give up hope on the Australian film industry - there were some excellent Australian films last year (the quirky and original Look Both Ways and the haunting Little Fish, both of which were brilliant).


At 11:21 am, Blogger David said...

hvane't seen an of those movies...
but i do want to see look bothways and little fish.

At 12:44 pm, Blogger Andy M said...

yeah, don't bother with Oyster Farmer, but the other 2 are fantastic! Look Both Ways is one of my favourite films. Actually has some subtle quasi-Christian themes in there aboue life and death. The movie focuses very much on death, so gotta be in the right frame of mind to watch it, but having said that it deals with it in a really sensitive and even humerous way.
I want to buy it, but haven't seen it any stores. It's Australian - who would bother stocking it when you can sell multiple copies of X-Men etc etc?


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