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SCORCHED: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
In the climate change ravaged world of 2012, after 247 days without rain, Sydney has only two weeks of water left. When the city is then ringed by severe bushfires, the question becomes, how do you fight fire when you have no water? And more pertinently, why is there no water?

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Scorched was made as a telemovie - and part of an evolutionary project that represents the most sophisticated and comprehensive cross-platform presentation yet created for a movie in this country, with prelude and aftermath webisodes, faux news reports and public interaction options. This DVD pulls all the multiplatform elements together, built around the telemovie. And it's sophisticated, well made, technically effective - with a suitably punchy orchestral score by Guy Gross.

Tony Tilse of Underbelly fame handles the multiple story lines with confidence, using split screens and pace to keep us engaged - and alarmed. It's a terrifying scenario, and given Sydney's history with bush fires, not all that far fetched. If it's meant to raise our guard and our consciousness about the dangers of global warming and water shortage combined, it succeeds. But the story has a sharp political underbelly that turns the heat up even more.

A terrific cast works hard and effectively in often ultra short scenes, to at least sketch out characters within the story framework. Georgie Parker makes a mean Premier with a relevant and explosive secret; Cameron Daddo is outstanding as the fire fighting boss; Vince Colosimo is Michael Francia, the emergency doctor with personal dramas playing out; Libby Tanner is his put-upon wife; Rachel Carpani is Susan Shapiro, the feisty tv news reporter; and Les Hill as the Premier's compromised Chief of Staff; Kathryn Beck is impressive as Michael Francia's daughter, Emily.

Iconic images of walls of fire reflected in the safety goggles of firefighters' are memorable, especially with the awestruck face of Deanna (Brittany Byrnes) visible through the reflection.

This is a disaster movie for our times, and the additional 2 hours of materials on the DVD add to the depth of the scenario and a sense of veracity that's as visceral as a documentary. A sense of doom recalled from the bushfire season around Australia is triggered by those familiar images of giant fires.

Published November 6, 2008

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SCORCHED: DVD (M)
(Aust, 2008)

CAST: Cameron Daddo, Rachel Carpani, Georgie Parker, Vince Colosimo, Libby Tanner, Les Hill, Brittany Byrnes, Bob Morley, Anita Hegh, Alexandra Fowler, Simon Maiden, Mark McCann

PRODUCER: Ellenor Cox, Kylie Du Fresne

DIRECTOR: Tony Tilse

SCRIPT: Tim Pye

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Mark Wareham

EDITOR: Geoffrey Lamb

MUSIC: Guy Gross

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Alex Holmes

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 2.0

SPECIAL FEATURES: CPN News reports; the Making of Scorched; RAW TV; Cassie Has Dreams (prelude & aftermath); cast interviews; bonus story options

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Sony

DVD RELEASE: November 5, 2008







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