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Suburbia (2010)

Joel has convinced a long time family friend to give his girlfriend a job as a florist. Everything seems fine when he picks his girlfriend up after her first day, but the calm facade of suburbia can be misleading.
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Credited cast:
Don Hany ... Joel
Jodi Gordon ... Tara
Linda Cropper Linda Cropper ... Mary
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kirk Briggs Kirk Briggs ... Ambulance Officer #2
David Cannings David Cannings ... Frantic runner
Jarred Drew Jarred Drew ... Ambulance Officer #1
Alan Dukes ... Man in Front of House
Shaun Egan Shaun Egan ... Hugo 2nd runner
Claire Evans Claire Evans ... Extra
Sally Farrant Sally Farrant ... Extra
Craig D. Foster Craig D. Foster ... Man in car (as Craig Foster)
Jeff Holm Jeff Holm ... Policeman #1
Rachel Holm Rachel Holm ... Yeller
Rebecca Jackes Rebecca Jackes ... Extra
Angela Kennedy Angela Kennedy ... Scared guy's wife


Joel has convinced a long time family friend to give his girlfriend a job as a florist. Everything seems fine when he picks his girlfriend up after her first day, but the calm facade of suburbia can be misleading.

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Effectively puts the viewer in the scene and does it so well you may miss how technically impressive it is
11 June 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I watched a couple of short films in the last few days and in one of them, Cholera (2013), I commented about how much I love a good long tracking shot (that film was 3 of them edited together to appear to be one). Shortly after writing that I found myself Suburbia – a film that consists of a single shot that goes from indoors at the start and follows the plot around the streets of an Australia suburbs. This itself is of course technically impressive (more of this later), but what is really impressive here is that I did not even notice this until after I had watched the film and was reading the text of the post I had found the film in. To me that is the real thing about the film – that it is so engaging that I wasn't able to step out of it and see the technical aspects on the first viewing.

The plot deals with a true event which occurred in an Australian suburb. I don't think it will ruin anything to say that an event in the suburb sees a local man go from the building he was in to investigate. As he gets closer he finds others running from the scene and starts to realize something bad is happening. I won't say more than that although it is clear early on what is going on. What the film does very well is not to show you the violence or the event but rather we stay with the guy investigating; the camera follows him, leads ahead of him at times to indicate his line of vision, stays really close to his face at other times – all of the movements of the camera put the viewer in the scene and keep them there. It is very well done indeed and I found it gripping and nerve-shredding to be in that position even by proxy.

The cast do very well, although to give him his dues, the whole performance side relies on Hany, and is he just great. He totally sells the range of emotions he goes through and he is very much in the scene himself, making it even easier for the viewer. Technically the film is impressive and it is well worth a second viewer to really appreciate that it is one smooth take and that the changing focus, light, terrain never seems to cause a problem. It must have been stressful as hell to get done, but it really looks great.

Suburbia is a simple film if you describe it in terms of narrative – so my suggestion is that you don't. It is not about a story so much as putting the viewer in that story and it does this very well indeed. The technical delivery and the performance from Hany all come together to make it engaging, gripping and really effective. It is well worth your time for the several times you'll watch it.

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