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48 SHADES: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
When 16 year old, Dan (Richard Wilson) declines to go to Geneva with his parents for a year and instead, shares a house with his young aunt, Jacq (Robin McLeavy) and fellow young tenant, Naomi (Emma Lung), he begins an adventure as a young adult, which leads him to parties, new friends - and his first, troubled romance.

Review by Louise Keller:
Life has many shades, especially through the impressionable eyes of a 16 year old whose eyes become unblinkered by the impact of first love. Through Daniel Lapaine's deft script and direction, Nick Earls' best selling novel springs to the screen with as much freshness as its endearing and diverse characters. An observant and thoroughly enjoyable coming of age story coloured by circumstance, emotions, expectations and dreams, the film is as charming as it is funny.

We instantly warm to Richard Wilson's protagonist Daniel, who stumbles headfirst into situations he had not even considered. In his new everyday life a world away from his parents in Geneva, Daniel's new found freedom not only dangles challenges in his path, but prompts him to see things differently. When his fun-loving aunt Jacq (Robin McLeavy) meets him at the airport and takes him home, we take in Daniel's new world. She drives an old yellow car with a dent in the front, and home is a pot pouri of dangling shell light fittings, art deco paintings and a black and white barking dog in the back yard. He is besotted by his sensual blonde roommate Naomi (Emma Lum) immediately. We can see how his mind is working as he memorises bird-names and their 48 different shades of brown in order to impress her.

The central performances are winning and Michael Booth gives a funny turn as wacky, amateur film-maker landlord Phil, whose 'enzyme thing' mixed with alcohol prompts a nocturnal strip and streak in the garden at Jacq's party. There's a kiss under a table, seduction thwarted by vomit, lesbian lust, an incident with his head in a bucket of water.... Self-consciousness turns into confidence as Daniel finds himself as both a confidant and potential suitor.

Lapaine meticulously creates a mood and environment that immediately gives us a sense of place. From Brisbane's sparkling harbour and cityscape to suburban houses propped up on stilts, like the music, the mood is multi-faceted. Delightful.

There are deleted scenes on the DVD, together with two behind the scenes documentaries plus theatrical trailer.

Published February 1, 2007

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 1
Mixed: 0

48 SHADES: DVD (M)
(Aus, 2006

CAST: Richard Wilson, Emma Lung, Robin McLeavy, Nicholas Donaldson, Victoria Thaine, Eleanor Logan, Paul Bishop

PRODUCER: Rob Marsala

DIRECTOR: Daniel Lapaine

SCRIPT: Daniel Lapaine (novel 48 Shades of Brown by Nick Earls)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Tony Luu

EDITOR: Nicola Scarrott, Frans Vandenburg

MUSIC: Justin Hunter

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Michelle Sotheren

RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Buena Vista International

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 31, 2006

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: Deleted Scenes; The Making of 48 Shades; Beautiful Dugong Documentary; Trailer

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: BVHE

DVD RELEASE: February 7, 2007







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