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A beautiful young man has been summoned to an eerie meditation retreat by a dying theatre director. The young man has been given a tape of instructions; over a weekend he must perform ... See full summary »

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Natasha Herbert ...
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Susan Lyons ...
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A beautiful young man has been summoned to an eerie meditation retreat by a dying theatre director. The young man has been given a tape of instructions; over a weekend he must perform scenes from the director's life. He visits different rooms encountering five actresses who all portray key women in the director's life. They rehearse the boy to play the lead role in an as yet 'unmade film'. The dying director watches young boy's progress as he searches to inhabit the director's identity. It's an Alice in Wonderland tale and an unpredictable journey of self discovery for all concerned... Written by Megan Spencer - Director Perth Film Festival

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11 June 2007 (Australia)  »

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I Won't Grow Up  »

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would probably be an 7 .... but for Australian film a 10
16 August 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

It's really refreshing to see something like this come out of Australia. While I was watching it during the screening, I noticed a few people in the audience were restless, which is understandable because we don't see a lot of cinema like this in Australia, except for during the festivals. This is more like an obscure Asian or old fashioned European film than the sort of drama we're used to from Australia.

The long takes, actors wandering in and out of the frame, the faded childlike colors evoking a nostalgia but also witty reference to the type of theatrical story it is.

I was most impressed by the acting. The boy is really good, and he gets better as the film goes on, which is clearly the intention of the film. And the actresses are really interesting. Particularly the hypnotist woman, who I have seen in other films but is especially good here. I also thought the spitting actress was very good too, quite detestable and quite warm also.

I also think the composition of the shots is one of the strong points of the film. Some beautiful attention to detail throughout gives the story a painterly feel.

Reading the other reviews, a few people lament the lack of story and dramatic signposts. I understand their sentiment, but I don't think it's really this kind of film. Maybe, because it's Australian that's what they expect.

If anything, the dramatic story moments such as the dark haired boy, (son of the director?) let down the film's austere quality. That's my opinion.

On a world scale, I'd give it a 6.5/7 .... but on an Australian scale.... I have to give it a 10.


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