DOING TIME FOR PATSY CLINE: DVD
Ralph (Matt Day) is a young country singer/songwriter, who leaves his parents' outback property to try and make it in Nashville. He hitches a ride with Boyd (Richard Roxburgh) and his girlfriend, Patsy (Miranda Otto) - named after Patsy Cline - who are heading in the same direction. Next thing he knows, Ralph has a gun at his head, and Boyd is throwing drugs out the window of the car. Patsy, who is in the early stages of an illness, escapes, but Ralph and Boyd are put into gaol. In less than 24 hours, Ralph's life has gone down the toilet. All he can think about is the intriguing, beguiling Patsy, with her red hair and green eyes. And the songs they can sing together..... But when it comes down to it, Ralph has to give up his dreams, even those of Patsy - all for Patsy's sake.
Review by Louise Keller:
The premise of this charmer about a naïve songwriter country boy with romantic dreams is fresh and appealing with Matt Day, Miranda Otto and Richard Roxburgh bringing it to life with top notch performances. While the integration of daydreams gives the film a extra, fable-like dimension, it become monotonous at times and somewhat disturbs the story flow.
Day has a terrific camera presence and portrays the vulnerable Ralph as an endearing character; his relationships with both Patsy and bad boy Boyd are satisfying in their development. Otto's grasp of the character is complete, and her vocals tantalising. Richard Roxburgh gives a terrific performance as Boyd; the writing perhaps gives this character too much scope to be believable, but entertaining nonetheless.
The most memorable scenes feature the character players: Ralph's mum and dad are beautifully underplayed and who could forget those three, oh so macho, roughneck crims in the adjoining cell, jamming their beloved country music.
The production design elicits a warm, sensuous glow, reflecting the story's illusionary nature, while Andrew Lesnie's cinematography offers stunning shots of the stark, vast Australian countryside.
Published July 31, 2008
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DOING TIME FOR PATSY CLINE: DVD (M)
CAST: Richard Roxburgh, Miranda Otto, Matt Day, Tony Barry, Kiri Paramore, Laurence Coy, Annie Byron, Roy Billing, Gus Mercurio, Betty Bobbitt, Frank Whitten, Tom Long, Wayne Pygram, Jeff Truman
PRODUCER: Chris Kennedy, John Winter
DIRECTOR: Chris Kennedy
SCRIPT: Chris Kennedy
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Andrew Lesnie
EDITOR: Ken Sallows
MUSIC: Peter Best
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Roger Ford
RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: none
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Magna Pacific
DVD RELEASE: October 8, 2003