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33 POSTCARDS: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Writing from inside an Australian prison, petty crim Dean Randall (Guy Pearce) sponsors a Chinese orphan girl, Mei Mei (Zhu Lin), and sends her the odd postcard, making out that he is a wildlife ranger with a family. When Mei Mei eventually visits Australia as part of a youth choir, she is determined to meet her mentor.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Australian/Chinese filmmaker Pauline Chan, introduced her film at the 2012 CinefestOz festival in Margaret River (August 2012) and held an informative Q&A session afterwards where she explained the way she managed directing the highly experienced Pearce, who doesn't like too many takes and first timer Zhu Lin as Mei Mei who often needed as many as 20 to rise to the level of energy and emotion to match him. "I would shoot the first couple of takes on Guy, and then shoot lots of takes with the camera on Zhu Lin, until she got it," Chan explained to the enthusiastically responsive crowd.

Pearce as Dean Randall and Claudia Karvan (as Dean's parole officer, Barbara) deliver superb performances and Rhys Muldoon is excellent as Dean's wayward brother, working with scumbag Fletch (Terry Serio, terrific).

There is a restrained, gentle tone to the film, and Antony Partos contributes with lovely music cues.

Published February 20, 2013

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

33 POSTCARDS: DVD (M)
(Aust, 2011)

CAST: Guy Pearce, Zhu Lin, Claudia Karvan, Elaine Jin, Rhys Muldoon, Terry Serio

PRODUCER: Lesley Stevens, Penny Carl-Nelson, Zhijang Liu, Pauline Chan

DIRECTOR: Pauline Chan

SCRIPT: Pauline Chan, Philip Dalkin, Martin Edmond

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Toby Oliver

EDITOR: Jane Moran

MUSIC: Antony Partos

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Thomas Chong, Peta Lawson

RUNNING TIME: 93 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9

SPECIAL FEATURES: .

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Titan View

DVD RELEASE: February 20, 2013







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