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ROY HOLLSDOTTER LIVE

SYNOPSIS:
Roy Höllsdotter (Darren Casey) is a stand-up comedian in his late 30s making an adequate living as a pub performer. However, all is not well in his personal life – he’s drinking too much and has been stalking his ex-girlfriend Cate (Asher Keddie). When his best friend Simmo (Luke Elliot) finds out what Roy is doing, he tries to intervene, but Roy’s problems only worsen and begin to affect his ability to create and perform his stand-up routines.


Review by Jake Wilson:
One half of a locally-made double-bill with the disappointing claymation short Harvie Krumpet, the live-action featurette Roy Höllsdotter Live is, by contrast, a pleasant surprise. I was anticipating a tongue-in-cheek farrago filled with mugging cameo appearances by local comedians, but writer-director Matthew Saville takes the slightly obvious premise seriously and develops it well. 

In its unpretentious way, it’s a film about the creative process: the unusually public, immediate nature of stand-up comedy as an artform gives us very direct access to Roy’s thought processes as we watch him develop his routines and present them to an audience. 

We also see how Roy’s professional habit of distanced free-association functions evasively in his personal life, but Saville doesn’t labour the point – he trusts the viewers to handle a couple of layers of subtext, and gives the film the depth and ambiguity of a good short story. 

His crummy-looking video images fall into visual cliché at times (do we really need yet another city-at-night interlude involving glowing car headlights?) but he has a good eye for Melbourne’s seedy pubs and fish-and-chip shops, and wisely allows his extremely credible actors to carry the show.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

HARVIE KRUMPET

ROY HOLLSDOTTER LIVE (M15+)
(Aus)

CAST: Darren Casey, Luke Elliot, Asher Keddie, John Clarke, Maud Davey, Cliff Ellen

PRODUCER: Trevor Blainey

DIRECTOR: Matthew Saville

SCRIPT: Matthew Saville

CINEMATOGRAPHER: László Baranyai

EDITOR: Geoff Hitchins

MUSIC: Brett King, Bryony Marks

PRODUCTION DESIGN: (Art Direction) Jayne Russell

RUNNING TIME: 52 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Retroactive Films

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: February 19, 2004 (double bill with Harvie Krumpet)







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