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YEAR MY VOICE BROKE, THE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Adopted as a baby, sixteen year-old Freya (Loene Carmen) is a constant target of cruel gossip and speculation. Spirited and independent, her one ally is Danny (Noah Taylor), who has been in love with her as long as he can remember. From a distance, Danny watches helplessly as Freya falls for the town tearaway, Trevor (Ben Mendelsohn), in the summer of 1962 in the Southern Tablelands of NSW. Trevor's and Freya's relationship has explosive results that change everything and trigger Danny's discovery of the town's darkest secret.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
This funny, touching, truthful gem of a film is one of the ongoing pleasures of Australian cinema, and is as fresh and compelling on its 21st anniversary as it was on its acclaimed release. (5 AFI Awards including Best Film) John Duigan's script is just about perfect, and his direction effortless and unfussy and flowing.

The young cast, with Noah Taylor making his terrific debut (not counting a bit part in Dogs in Space, also made in 1987, as a Bowie fan), delivers marvellous, recognisable characters and Geoff Burton captures 1960s Australia (as well as the rolling landscape) with an eye for telling icons.

We feel for Danny as his heart breaks over Freya, who is drawn to the high energy Trevor (Ben Mendelsohn), as Danny realises she is maturing faster than he is, and their childhood friendship isn't going to blossom into romance. It's an inspired and sustained performance of innocent intensity from Taylor. Loene Carmen and Ben Mendelsohn create multi dimensional characters and each delivers a nuanced performance. All the supporting cast are great: Bruce Spence, Graeme Blundell and the lovely Lynette Curran.

The story is told from Danny's point of view, and he occasionally narrates bits of the story. The tone is well judged between lighthearted coming of age and character drama, developing from the former seamlessly into the latter. A marvellous achievement.

The DVD contains a short but interesting intro by George Miller, audio commentary by writer/director John Duigan as well as a conversation between Duigan and Carmen & Mendelsohn, and a separate one with (a heavily bearded) Noah Taylor.

Published December 18, 2008

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YEAR MY VOICE BROKE, THE: DVD (M)
(Aust, 1987)

CAST: Noah Taylor, Loene Carmen, Ben Mendelsohn, Graeme Blundell, Lynette Curran, Malcolm Robertson, Judi Farr, Tim Robertson, Bruce Spence, Harold Hopkins, Nick Tate, Vincent Ball,

PRODUCER: George Miller, Doug Mitchell, Terry hayes

DIRECTOR: John Duigan

SCRIPT: John Duigan

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Geoff Burton

EDITOR: Neil Thumpston

MUSIC: Christine Woodruff

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Roger Ford

RUNNING TIME: 102 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 5.1; DD 2.0

SPECIAL FEATURES: 21st Anniversary edition: audio commentary by John Duigan; John Duigan in conversation with Noah Taylor, Loene Carmen, Ben Mendelsohn; introduction by George Miller; trailer; [English captions for HI; English audio description]

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

DVD RELEASE: December 4, 2008







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