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Australia 1999
Directed by
Davida Allen
47 minutes
Rated M

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3.5 stars

Feeling Sexy

The visual skills of Australian painter Davida Allen are well employed in this tidily constructed short story, set in the early 1970s, of a young Queensland painter, Vicki, played by Susie Porter in her first leading role, struggling with the conflicting demands of bohemia and suburbia.

Presumably because it is autobiographically-based, despite its largely whimsical, and towards its end, almost cute, style, it rings true and feels a lot more substantial than its short run-time would suggest thanks to Allen's economical storytelling, once again no doubt influenced by her experiences as a representational painter (i.e the need to "tell a story" within the limited space of the canvas). In what is largely a two-hander, Tamblyn Lord plays Vicki's  square, dependable-but-oh-so-boring husband with self-sacrificing accuracy.

DVD Extras: There are 2 separate commentaries, one by Allen with her DOP, producer and executive producer, the other by Porter and Lord; separate interviews with Allen and Porter; Bulls, a student film by executive producer, Chris Noonan; the original theatrical trailer rounds off the package.

 

 

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