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STAN AND GEORGE'S NEW LIFE

SYNOPSIS:
Stan (Paul Chubb) is a 40 year old bachelor living with his parents and working in the modest suburban barber shop in Melbourne which his father had run before him. Urged by his dad, Stan makes a change by taking a job at the local branch of the weather bureau, where he meets George (Julie Forsyth) who befriends him - and their romance blossoms. Stan has some success reading the weather reports on a local radio station, but when farmers start complaining that the reports are wrong, George investigates and their relationship falters, she is fired and Stan leaves her, moving back in with his parents. But Stan discovers that George was right and exposes the scam on air - just as George turns up, and goes into labour.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
It's impossible to resist calling this a 'sweet' film, but that's not meant to be patronising. It is also filled with mostly barmy people, eccentric or plain weird, but no more so I guess than any average bunch of workers or your average family.

Paul Chubb is a lovely, lumbering character as Stan, whose simple barber's life gets a twirl when he stumbles into the weather bureau and finds himself a regular radio personality, reading the weather report. Here he meets George (Julie Forsyth), the girl whose dreary report filing job comes in handy later on when irregularities are discovered in the reports which threaten Stan's new job. Forsyth is low key but expressive and her natural warmth helps convey a multi dimensional character.

Ray Baldwin's softly spoken office manager Stearns brings pathos, while Margaret Ford and John Bluthal as Stan's parents are wonderfully batty.

Director Brian McKenzie keeps his characters at the centre of our focus, and while their battles may seem petty in the scale of the universe, they are the grit of everyday life and tangibly important to them all. The screenplay weaves together the story of two loners finding a future together and the story of bureaucratic corruption, and does so with an engaging sense of humour and humanity.

Published November 8, 2012

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

STAN AND GEORGE'S NEW LIFE (M)
(Aust, 1990)

CAST: Paul Chubb, Julie Forsyth, John Bluthal, Margaret Ford, Ray Baldwin, Bruce Alexander, Shapoor Batliwalla, Janne Coghlan, Robert Menzies, Jack Perry

PRODUCER: Margot McDonald

DIRECTOR: Brian McKenzie

SCRIPT: Brian McKenzie, Deborah Cox

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ray Argall ACS

EDITOR: Edward McQueen-Mason

MUSIC: Michael Atkinson

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Daryl Mills (Art Director)

RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: AFI

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 1992







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