Just a brief note to Trish Draper and the other isolated voices of unreason who were
outraged over Lolita – before seeing the film. Here is another film you haven’t
seen, also rated R and this one dealing head on with paedohilia. He is a father and family
man, a psychiatrist no less, unable to help himself. Bill is a genuine paedophile, unlike
Humbert Humbert in Lolita.
"But they should hear about ...and see Happiness. After
they’ve seen Lolita."
But perhaps more people have heard about the Lolita story because it is adapted from
Nabokov’s novel that was first published in 1954, and Kubrick made his famous version
in 1962. The story gets garbled and simplified in the telling, of an older man seducing
his stepdaughter. Of course, the film doesn’t match that simplistic outline at all.
But who has time for complexities and subtleties when moral indignation carries so well in
Well, no-one in Canberra has yet heard of Todd Solondz’ new film, Happiness. But
they should hear about it, and they should all go and see the film. After they’ve
"It’s as difficult an aspect of the human
condition as is prostitution, drug addiction and politics"
They should sit there and take a moment to try and understand the subject and maybe
with that new insight they will be able to do something positive and useful about the
problems associated with paedophilia. It’s very complex and very much resistant to
simplistic, knee jerk reactions.
In fact, it’s as difficult an aspect of the human condition as is prostitution,
drug addiction and politics.