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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
The little Aussie Bleeder, 7 December 2006

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THis show pre-dated Da Ali G Show, and other fake interview/talk shows by several years. As most Australians were in on the joke, Gunston (aka Gary Mcdonald, an established actor) could get in first with interviews of overseas celebrities visiting Australia. Examples: Ray Charles - Gunston asked why he wore dark glasses. Frank Zappa. Gunston got him to do a duet on prime-time TV, with Gunston playing quite passable harmonica.

Eventually the joke wore thin, but was for a time refreshingly hilarious to see celebrities trying to be polite to a well respected talk-show host on prime time TV, who was also an obvious nutter.

11 out of 32 people found the following review useful:
good to see somebody making a movie of hope rather than violence, 26 October 2003

This is at least Kevin Costners third attempt to bring a story of hope against the forces of despair and violence, and I think his most successful. The characters are fully drawn (particularly good is Abby) and the story reasonably coherent (unlike his Waterworld). Some have said the ending is a washout but I think it shows some courage to end a Hollywood extravaganza without lots of bloodshed.

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
magical fable of the power of childhood dreams, 24 December 2000

What better place than the west of Ireland to make a story about how a child can make her wish come true by her own determination. A girl wants to return to her family's island home, left years before because the family was devastated when her baby brother was lost at sea. The legend was that an ancestor was a Selkie (half human, half seal). She repairs the island houses and finds her little brother again, safe and a few years older - he was cared for by the local seals - and the family joyously return to the island. The scenery is stunning, the girl is luminous and the story told with an air of wonder and mystery. There is plenty of room in the story telling for viewers to add their own dreams.

6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
The world's first Feature Film?, 11 December 1998

I had to comment on this film for its historical role. Some have called it the world's first feature film. It was said to be more of a strung-together series of short pieces to be shown in a Theatre at the one time as a religious lecture, than a single feature film with a coherent plot-line. Documentary evidence is strong that it was made and shown in Australia before any other feature film, around 1899 or 1900. I believe it also toured the United States around 1907. Corrections to the above are welcome.

High Tide (1987)
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
wonderfully acted and directed story of people caught in real-life drama, 11 December 1998

This is not the stuff of soap-operas but the sort of conundrums that real people face in real life. A testament to the ensemble and director for the powerful story-telling of fallible characters trying to cope but not quite succeeding.

2 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Warning: dance aficionados do not enter!, 11 December 1998

A most frustrating and over-rated piece of badly filmed dancing. The wonderful Antonio Vargas and his flamenco dancing is the highlight of this show, but the rest of the dance sequences are extremely frustrating. How can you show 2 people dancing without filming below their waists? Fred Astaire had the right idea when he insisted his dance sequences be filmed in 1 take and always with full length shots to show what the dancers are doing.

Dalmas (1973)
1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
experimental film with the production crew mixing with the cast, 11 December 1998

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This film has the same plot and structure as Norman Mailers "Maidstone", with LSD replacing alcohol. It starts as a Police murder mystery. The hero eventually enters a picnic with the rest of the cast and crew, who are imbibing LSD. He attacks the Director(Bert Deling) with an axe, which forces them to re-evaluate their relationship. In "Maidstone" there is a party where cast and crew get drunk instead of an LSD picnic. I enjoyed Dalmas as posing interesting questions about relationships between the crew of a film Unit in a poetic way. Deling and the crew appeared relaxed about drugs, whereas the lead actor was hired to be the lead. Maidstone was an alcoholic self-indulgence of Norman Mailers. I do not know whether Deling or Mailer got the idea first.