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BOXING DAY

SYNOPSIS:
Living alone in suburban Adelaide on home detention from prison, Chris (Richard Green), a recovering alcoholic and druggie, is preparing Christmas lunch in an effort to reunite his estranged wife Donna (Tammy Anderson) and teenage step-daughter/niece Brooke (Misty Sparrow), who come over with Donna's new man Dave (Syd Brisbane). When they arrive, unwanted surprise visitor Owen (Stuart Clark) recognizes Dave from prison and reveals a secret that detonates the reunion.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Shot by director Kriv Stenders on an HD video camera in real time, Boxing Day is like a compact, dynamite-filled short story. Superlative performances and a tough story about people living on the edge of society combine for high octane viewing.

Although reduced to its basic elements the story is like a pedestrian melodrama or working class soap opera, the material is so well delivered that like any story told by a top storyteller, it gains in dramatic value. The verity of the characters and the simplicity of the mise en scene also help focus the tension on the inner turmoil that is torturing the characters - for a variety of reasons.

Made for about $175,000, completed without music, Boxing Day could well qualify as a Dogme project, using only available light, (virtually) no editing and no music; all rules of Dogme filmmaking. But the raw nature of the filmmaking simply reflects the raw nature of the story, enabling the viewer to slip into the sunny but soiled Christmas afternoon in a quiet suburban Australian street where such drama is perhaps not as unique as we might believe.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

BOXING DAY (MA)
(Aust, 2007)

CAST: Richard Green, Tammy Anderson, Syd Brisbane, Catriona Hadden, Stuart Clark, Misty Sparrow

PRODUCER: Kristian Moliere

DIRECTOR: Kriv Stenders

SCRIPT: Kriv Stenders, Richard Green

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Kriv Stenders

EDITOR: Gabriella Muir

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Lisa Stonham

RUNNING TIME: 82 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Smoking Gun Productions

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: Melbourne: November 22, 2007; other cities to follow







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