HE DIED WITH A FELAFEL IN HIS HAND: DVD
Would-be writer Danny (Noah Taylor) is a twenty-something neurotic
obsessive, living in his 47th shared house. From Brisbane to Melbourne and
Sydney we meet his flatmates, tomboy Sam (Emily Hamilton), the mysterious Anya (Romane
Bohringer), neurotic Nina (Sophie Lee), Flip (Brett Stewart) and latent homosexual Dirk
(Francis McMahon). Pursued by detectives, life is forever complicated, especially
concerning the seemingly irresolvable love triangle that evolves.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
The lighting, camera angles and choice of shots is enhanced by the DVD experience
Ė the proximity to the screen, perhaps. A silky quality to the soundtrack also adds
to the enjoyment of what is an engaging and enjoyable comedy with dramatic elements.
Technically satisfying, the disc is great rent value. Letís hope a features-lade disc
is in the wings.
The film is like a felafel filled with a combination of flavours and tastes that blend
together to create something new from elements that arenít. Pop cannibalism on
screen, you might say, without a derivative result. This is Lowensteinís major
achievement, as is his work with the cast. It results in sustained tension and sustainable
comedy. Activated within the setting of a young man in search of an ideal house to share,
the filmís amusement value is high, despite a slightly strained structure, around the
middle. But nothing can detract from Noah Taylorís outstanding performance as Danny
the misfit whose pov gives us entry into this haphazard world. You could say that the role
of Danny was tailor made for him. . . .his timing and screen presence were worth the wait.
(Lowenstein had to delay shooting for six months while Taylor worked on Almost Famous.) He
balances the needs of the comedic pain with the exigencies of dramatic truth very well.
Entertaining, often bizarre and observant, HDWAFIHH is a really successful adaptation,
making the material work on screen, unlocked from the written word.
Published February 14, 2002
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HE DIED WITH A FELAFEL IN HIS HAND (MA)
CAST: Noah Taylor, Emily Hamilton, Romane Bohringer, Sophie Lee,
Alex Menglet, Brett Stewart, Francis McMahon
DIRECTOR: Richard Lowenstein
RUNNING TIME: 103 minutes
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Home Ent
DVD RELEASE: February 14, 2002
FEATURES: Theatrical Trailer, widescreen 1.78:1, 16:9 enhanced; Dolby Digital 5.1; subtitles for the