17/8/2000: THE TALK IS GOOD
Strongly positive word of mouth has started to spread
following the first invitation-only screening of Shirley
Barrett’s new film, Walk the Talk, attended by filmmakers
including Jane Campion, Chopper producer Al Clark, and Walk the
Talk’s producer Jan Chapman, as well as a number of film
critics, including Urban Cinefile’s editors.
Held late last week at the Director’s Suite at Hoyts
Cinemas in the Fox Studios, the screening was the first in the
lead-up to the film’s Australian release on November 2. Walk
the Talk stars Salvatore Coco, Sacha Horler and Nikki Bennett and
is set on the Gold Coast.
"Walk the Talk is a brilliant film," says Andrew L.
Urban, "at once funny and poignant – it’s this
year’s Muriel’s Wedding." And Louise Keller says
"it’s the most enjoyable and accessible Australian film
I've seen this year."
Barrett’s first film, Love Serenade(1995) [pic] won the Camera
d’Or at Cannes (Best First Feature) but was a box office
flop in Australia. It was on the strength of Love Serenade that
DreamWorks offered to finance her next film, which turned out to
be Walk the Talk.