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Surviving Georgia (2011)
Sends the Aussie film industry back decades - AWFUL FILM, AVOID AT ALL COSTS!
I saw at a Q&A with some of the cast, the two people that directed the film and the producer. The mediator made a point that, although marketed as a romantic comedy, it's not really funny. The writer said that she thought it was funny. I think she's delusional.
Questions focused on the plot holes, which the writer struggled to answer. They didn't even seem to care. "It's a cute little film", one of them said. Their apathy to this film is clearly demonstrated with this melodramatic, uneven, terribly acted and awfully scripted feature length episode of Neighbours, that sends the Australian film industry back decades.
The fact that you can see the end coming a mile away doesn't matter, because the plot is so uneven and structured so frantically that it's easier to give up completely on the narrative (inexplicable walk-out by a mother from her two daughters, told in a quick 5 minute opening, the lack of explanation covered up as "deliberately ambiguous" by the writer) and focus on the acting and the dialogue. "You gotta be bloody kiddin' me?" - Holly Vallance couldn't act on Neighbours and she hasn't improved at all since then. Pia Miranda is OK, but the script keeps telling her to interrupt character's when they're talking ("I need you to just let me just read this, OK?") and say lines like "the hole in my heart has been fixed".
The trailer for Surviving Georgia is like a microcosm of the film itself. It's scattered all over the place. A sappy melodramatic score, then quirky fun music. In one scene, Holly Valance is hiding under a table in a scene that attempts at humour, but then the next scene completely changes pace, and aims to be a sad, emotional one. Then there was a bizarre suicide attempt?!
The audio sounded dubbed - when the camera is inside a room, looking out a window at character's talking outside, it's OK to make the audio a bit muffled because that's what it would sound like. It doesn't have to sound like the camera is outside with them! Things like that remind you that you're watching a movie.
Outside on a balcony, Holly Vallance and Pia Miranda are talking, and upstairs, the little kid kind of acts like he's having fun outside, or that he's gonna jump or, I don't know, it's not clear - and Holly goes, "we're not birds!". A few of us kind of looked around and thought - wtf? Is it sloppy writing, or are the writer's just effing with us and seeing who will notice the anomalous dialogue?
I'll mention the cinematography is pretty amazing, and I thought to myself that the guy filming this must hate that he was surrounded by such talentless hacks.
People are really struggling for funding from Film Victoria and the other Aussie film funding bodies, and the fact that they gave money to this travesty is infuriating - real, creative, thought-provoking and ENTERTAINING films are forced to sit in the minds of up and coming, struggling filmmakers, and the real trash like this gets put on the big screen, it's a very sad time for the Australian film industry.