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QUIET ROOM, THE

SYNOPSIS:
A seven year old girl, upset by her warring parents, refuses to speak in protest; but she shares her thoughts with us, as we follow her point of view into the crumbling family unit.

Andrew L. Urban:
"In the Greek tragedies, no one ever knew what the gods had for breakfast. Those words guided Rolf de Heer during the making of this film, which provides a clue to his frame of mind and intentions: he was avoiding ‘kitchen sink’ drama, where the washing up was a backdrop, even though it’s a domestic setting, with a marriage on the rocks. The point of view is unusual: the seven year old daughter of the marriage. But opting for risk instead of safety, de Heer, actually DOES take her point of view, and brings us the parental breakdown via the child’s eyes. It’s often confronting and painful (for parents) but always fascinating and emotional. As was his much applauded Bad Boy Bubby, The Quiet Room is an exploration of adults’ blinkered attitude towards children. Chloe Ferguson is haunting as the little girl, and the production design certainly avoids the gods’ breakfast syndrome."

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Read Andrew L. Urban's interview on location in Tasmania with writer/director Rolf de Heer

THE QUIET ROOM
(Aust)

CAST: Celina O’Leary, Paul Blackwell, Chloe Ferguson, Phoebe Ferguson.

PRODUCER: Procacci, Rolf de Heer

DIRECTOR: Rolf de Heer

SCRIPT: Rolf de Heer

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Tony Clark

EDITOR: Tania Nehme

MUSIC: Graham Tardif

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Fiona Paterson

RUNNING TIME: 91 mins.

 

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 15, 1997

 







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