Snowy Mountains Double Feature
Snowy Mountains double feature, Jindabyne and Somersault.
3:00pm: Jindabyne: 2006 | M | 123mins | Australia | D: Ray Lawrence (pictured)
Ray Lawrence’s stunning mystery drama was inspired by a Raymond Carver short story.
'Jindabyne addresses a gulf between articulate women and moody silent males, between the whites and the patronised Aborigines, and between scared humanity and the vast and frightening landscape of Australia itself, a landscape in which one may so easily lose one's bearings of Anglo-Saxon normality, and in which violence or loss are so terrifyingly possible. Jindabyne has the disquieting quality of Picnic At Hanging Rock and indeed the horror film Wolf Creek… But Lawrence makes of his story something quite different: more serious, more complex, with moral shades of grey.' - Peter Bradshaw, Empire Online.
5:30pm: Somersault: 2004 | MA | 106mins | Australia | D: Cate Shortland
The award-winning debut feature from Canberra filmmaker Cate Shortland.
'Shortland is not a writer who believes in small talk. With a cinema purist's regard for image over words, she strips her dialogue down to its essentials, but for once, the result doesn't produce characters who seem wilfully obtuse or psychologically malnourished. They speak in other ways - as does the film itself. Shortland knows precisely how to fit picture to mood. The pale sunlight and vaporous air; the sparkle of water bubbling from a drinking fountain; a nighttime glimpse of two babies asleep in the back of a camper van; or the pages of Heidi's scrapbook with its consoling links with her childhood - all have their place in the poignant jigsaw she's creating.' - Sandra Hall, The Sydney Morning Herald.
See more events in Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits program.
An image taken on the 2006 set of Jindabyne by Matt Nettheim featuring lead performers Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne features in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, 10 November 2017 to 4 March 2018.
Photographers Matt Nettheim and Elise Lockwood’s images of Abbie Cornish from Somersault (2004) feature in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, 10 November 2017 to 4 March 2018.