5 items from 2010
With its isolated aboriginal characters, expansive desert backdrop, and startling critique of exploitative Australian authorities, "Samson and Delilah" appears to have a lot going on. But Warwick Thorton's expressive directorial debut is also a knowingly simplistic love story that goes down much easier than its heavy themes. Despite the darkness, it has a cumulative effect that's agreeably gentle. The title has both literal and ironic connotations. Samson (Rowan McNamara) and Delilah »
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IndiePix, the Internet-based distributor of indie films, will release Warwick Thornton's love story "Samson & Delilah," starring Rowan McNamera and Marissa Gibson, theatrically in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. on Oct. 15.
Its New York launch will kick off with a gala screening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Oct. 12. It will also screen as part of the National Geographic Society's All Road Film Project in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 2 and is slated to play the Anaheim International Film Festival.
Jason Tyrrell of IndiePix along with Adeline Tessaur and Eva Diederix of Elle Driver negotiated the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights. Krysanne Katsoolis of Cactus Three participated in the negotiations for IndiePix. Marie Lemoine was IndiePix' business affairs adviser on the transaction. »
Now that the likes of Batman and Spider-Man are risk-averse, broad-spectrum cash juggernauts, it's refreshing to see a comic-book movie that doesn't play by the rules. Like a spoilt brat, this is foul-mouthed, hyperactive, extremely violent, and all the better for it. And despite dealing with the pitfalls of becoming a real-life vigilante (with no super-powers), it successfully segues from teen loser comedy to full-on action fantasy without losing its stride, just as it straddles the divide between fan-friendly cult material and mainstream crowd-pleaser.
Clash Of The Titans 3D (12A)
So much state-of-the-art technology and A-list talent has been thrown at this sword-and-sandals epic, some of it is bound to stick. And if the 3D looks like a hurried afterthought and the story a bit of a Greek salad, there's always another giant scorpion, »
- Steve Rose
Sensitive film about a tragic love affair in Australia's Aboriginal community. By Peter Bradshaw
The effect of this movie by the Australian director Warwick Thornton is cumulative, subtle, almost stealthy. It is about an opaque and tragic love affair between a young Aboriginal man and woman in a remote community in Alice Springs: a bleak, faintly Beckettian landscape where life rolls on, uneventfully, but is then punctured with acts of brutality. The man is unemployed, addicted to sniffing petrol and solvents, and nurses a grumbling resentment that his brother won't let him play guitar in their band; the young woman lives with her grandmother and helps her produce the folk art canvases which an exploitative white dealer buys and sells at a chi-chi city gallery for a colossal markup.
They are called Samson and Delilah and there are scenes in which both cut their hair, with a rough kitchen knife, »
- Peter Bradshaw
A clip from critically-acclaimed Australian film Samson and Delilah, which I’ve still yet to see; a romantic drama set in a remote community in the Outback. Winner of the Camera d’Or, (award for the Best First Feature) at last year’s Cannes Film Fesitval, directed by Warwick Thornton’s – a film previously profiled on this blog, which you can see Here.
It’s the story of two Aboriginal teens (played by Rowan McNamara and Marissa Gibson) who begin a relationship and move away from home to live on the fringes in Alice Springs. Reportedly, Samson (McNamara) says one word throughout the entire film, and Delilah (Gibson) is only slightly more talkative, so expect one of those quiet, evocative moody melancholic pieces.
It’s played at numerous international film festivals, but no real distribution yet.
Here’s the trailer if you missed it the first time; and you can »
5 items from 2010
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