Mallboy - Directors Fortnight
Writer/director Vincent Giarrusso
Stars Kane McNay, Nell Feeney, Brett Swain, Brett Tucker, Maxie Rickard, Sarah Naumoff,
The script started out as a long poem with cinematic imagery, triggered by personal
experience as a youth worker, where Giarrusso discovered the frustrations of seeing some
kids who needed help - but no intervention by the system would have much positive impact.
Shaun, the central character of Mallboy, is based on one of the kids he met "who had
huge potential but ended up following in his father's footsteps into petty crime and drug
addiction. Shaun represents a more optimistic view of how such a kid might end up,"
says the director.
See Andrew L. Urban's story on the making of MALL BOY
Soft Fruit - Critics Week
Writer/director Chrsitina Andreef
Stars Jeanie Drynan, Linal Haft, Genevieve Lemon, Sacha Horler, Alicia Talbot, Russell
Overweight siblings Josie (Lemon), Nadia (Horler), Vera (Talbot) and Bo (Dykstra) come
home to Port Kembla to nurse their terminally ill mother Patsy (Drynan). Bo has been released on parole to spend time with his mother in her last weeks, but his father Vic
(Haft) cannot stand the sight of him and will not have him in the house. The three sisters
are Florence Nightingales from hell, who squabble and compete on every level Ė from
their crash diets to disagreements on how to nurse their mother. But Patsy isnít
interested in being nursed or organised. She dreams of flights of fancy and fun.
Winner, Audience Award, San Sebastian Film Festival, 1999.
See REVIEWS and Andrew L. Urban's interview with JEANIE DRYNAN
Director: Daniel Nettheim; Writer Anthony O'Connor
Stars: Sam Lewis, Jessica Napier, Justin Smith, Abi Tucker, Luke Lennox
Pain is funny, at least for the audience, reckons Angst director Daniel Nettheim, who
admits to making his debut with an eye on filmmakers such as Woody Allen and Mike Leigh.
"The style draws on these filmmakers, but with younger characters - hence the pain,
and hence the title."
Better Than Sex
Writer/director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Stars David Wenham, Susie Porter
You won't find the words 'quirky Australian romantic comedy' on any of the promotional
material for Better Than Sex - indeed, Teplitzky won't let the sales and marketing people
even call it a romantic comedy. "I didn't want it to be a standard romantic
comedy," he explains, "and wanted to avoid the sentimentality which undoes so
many of those. It's amusing and honest but it's not full of gags."
Writer/director: Andrew Dominik
Stars Eric Bana, Simon Lyndon, Vince Colosimo, David Field
"A criminal failure on a grand level," is how producer Michele Bennett
describes Mark 'Chopper' Read, the subject of Chopper, Andrew Dominik's debut feature.
Dominik became fascinated by the man who is now living on a Tasmanian farm on the proceeds
of autobiographies that make him a best selling writer ("even though I can't
spell," he chuckles).
Director: Stavros Kazantzidis. Writers: Stavros Kazantzidis, Allanah Zitserman
Stars Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Natalia Novikova
Inspired by a night at Sydney's Russian Roulette Club, full of Russian Jews, Russian
Doll represents Kazantzidis' (Love and Other Catastrophes, Love and Chaos) most
collaborative project to date. With Hugo Weaving, he wanted to explore his underlying
sensitive side. Weaving plays a neurotic private investigator who agrees to marry his best
friend's mistress for technical reasons.