The Turning (I) (2013)

R  |   |  Drama  |  26 September 2013 (Australia)
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A collection of short films based on stories by Australian writer Tim Winton.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (segment "Ash Wednesday") (voice)
Davo (segment "Big World")
Henri Phillips ...
Biggie (segment "Big World")
Nikita Leigh-Pritchard ...
Meg (segment "Big World")
Tim Winton ...
Adult Narrator (segment "Big World") (voice)
Joseph Pedley ...
Vic (segment "Abbreviation")
Cheyanne Pearce ...
Melanie (segment "Abbreviation")
David Wilson (segment "Aquifer")
Young David (segment "Aquifer")
Gwy McKenna ...
Alan Mannering (segment "Aquifer")
Alan's Friend (segment "Aquifer")
Brooklyn Bathurst ...
Alan's Friend (segment "Aquifer")
David's Wife (segment "Aquifer")
Megan Flamer ...
Reporter (segment "Aquifer")
Michael Mackenzie ...
Newscaster (segment "Aquifer")


The Turning explores the impact of past on present, how the seemingly random incidents that change and shape us can never be escaped or let go of. All of the stories are bound together by recurring themes; the passing of time, regret, addiction and obsession. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language, violence including a rape, some sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »


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The animated segment is based on the poem, 'Ash Wednesday', by T.S. Eliot. See more »


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15 April 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I loved the Turning. It showed me the way to write my life story. I had been in turmoil as to how to write it all down. When I discovered Tim Winton's, The Turning, I knew what I had to do. I am currently doing Honours at university with my thesis being my life story. Yes I agree that some of the stories are sad with no real solution but unfortunately that is how life is sometimes and for some people. I wish we all could be happy but that is a fairy story for children. We just have to get on with it as best we can. Tim shows up that saying "it is what it is". When I was completing my Arts degree with creative writing we had to read, "The Art of the Tale" edited by Anthony Halpern. This is a good set of short stories not necessarily happy ones either but again showing what life is.

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