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CAREFUL HE MIGHT HEAR YOU: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
During the Great Depression, motherless boy, PS (Nicholas Gledhill), is the subject of a tussle by his two aunts, the Anglophile Vanessa (Wendy Hughes) and working class Lila (Robyn Nevin). Newly returned from a world tour, wealthy socialite Vanessa lavishes her orphaned nephew with gifts, limo rides and affection. But the dowdy Lila is determined to fight her sister's custody claim in court. When the boy's long absent father, Logan (John Hargreaves) arrives, the complications abound; the alcoholic dad loves his son but is incapable of caring for him.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
From the very first shot it's clear that cinematographer John Seale contributes enormously to the film's success. It's without doubt one of the most wonderfully photographed films of Australian cinema. His framing and lighting are superb tools that help tell this story, graced by top performances from some of Australia's most accomplished actors. It's a story that easily resonates universally, and director Carl Schultz selects the most poignant dot points with which to tell it.

This is one of Australian cinema's most accomplished works; the fact that it won 8 AFI Awards is official testament to its impact. One of its great achievements is its easy handling of the period; it's as if it were contemporary; unselfconscious, casually perfect in design. It's a wonderful tutorial for filmmakers; how to work effectively and making it seem easy.

But it's also a wonderfully evocative, emotionally satisfying work, taking the original material and not just transplanting it but enriching it with all the power of the movies.

Wendy Hughes is at her most sensual, Robyn Nevin at her most dynamic, John Hargreaves at his most complex; the character is written without clichés, which helps. And Schultz wrangled a natural performance out of young Nicholas Gledhill, especially in the most important scenes. He does have the most perfect face and eyes for the role. It's a haunting work, beautifully realised and the transfer to DVD is flawless.

Published July 24, 2008

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CAREFUL HE MIGHT HEAR YOU: DVD (PG)
(Aust, 1983)

CAST: Wendy Hughes, Robyn Nevin, Nicholas Gledhill, John Harvgreaves, Geraldine Turner, Isabelle Anderson, Peter Whitford, Colleen Clifford,

PRODUCER: Jill Robb

DIRECTOR: Carl Schultz

SCRIPT: Michael Jenkins (novel by Sumner Locke Elliott)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: John Seale

EDITOR: Richard Francis-Bruce

MUSIC: Ray Cook

PRODUCTION DESIGN: John Stoddart

RUNNING TIME: 108 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 2.0;

SPECIAL FEATURES: Disc 1: Feature. Disc 2: Feature; A Child's Journey (new); 1985 interview with Sumner Locke Elliott; stills

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Umbrella

DVD RELEASE: June 2, 2007







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