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COURT OF LONELY ROYALS: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Holden (Damon Gameau) and Hunter (Ayse Tezel) are alienated twenty-somethings in an urban city of the near future. They are hired killers for the cops in a dystopia where murder is as common as cocaine, and as easily covered up. These killers never touch their victims; they just use their weaknesses to manoeuvre their self-destruction. Hunter is joined by Charlie (Samantha Noble), a hooker who jumps at the chance to wreak vengeance on a world that has screwed her; and Holden by Camille (Leah De Neise), an innocent cast adrift in a foreign city hoping to find security in Holden's love. The paths of these four lost souls intersect in violence.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
The combination of The Midnight Juggernaut's hard-ass score and the often trippy treatment of the visuals make this low budget film far more exhilarating than many costlier Aussie films. It's edgy and garish and bold. It's also flawed, but the flaws come from daring and risk taking, which is forgivable.

Damon Gameau (notable in Rolf de Heer's The Tracker [2002] as The Follower) gives a nuanced, minimalist performance as the hired killer who wants to quit. Ayse Tezel, also underplaying to great effect, is an intriguing Hunter and it's left to Samantha Noble to deliver the larger than life and colourful, gum-chewing extroverted hooker Charlie, in her outstanding debut feature role. Leah De Neise completes the quadrangle with an appealing characterisation of a pragmatic stranger forced to fend for herself - and finding she can summon the inventiveness to do so.

These four characters are engaging enough to want us to keep their company as they navigate man made dangers and a failing society.

The driving soundtrack and the ever changing visual style enhance the film's tone of pared down urban angst, and the cinematography captures Melbourne like we've never seen it before. The film had its world premiere at the 2007 Adelaide Film Festival.

Published: April 24, 2008

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

COURT OF LONELY ROYALS: DVD (MA)
(Aust, 2006)

CAST: Damon Gameau, Samantha Noble, Leah De Neise, Ayse Tezel

PRODUCER: Rohan Michael Hoole

DIRECTOR: Rohan Michael Hoole

SCRIPT: Rohan Michael Hoole

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Marc Windon

EDITOR: Ben Joss

MUSIC: The Midnight Juggernauts

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Sunshine Bertrand

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

PRESENTATION: 1.77:1, 16:9 enhanced; DD 2.0

SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary by Rohan Michael Hoole; Making of featurette

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Madman

DVD RELEASE: February 14, 2008







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