This was an extremely good film. The characters are all different, and the performances of the teenagers were excellent. Murra (played by Shantae Barnes-Cowan) was able to show her thoughts and emotions by facial and body language without any words. All four developed during the film, with language change and reduced swearing underpinning this. There were a couple of lighter and humorous moments which helped lift the film from becoming depressing and too sad.
The cinematography was outstanding, providing various views of the Pilbara region of North-western Australia
Overall, a beautiful film, which may be sad in parts but is full of hope. We provided a rating of 4/5.
Other films watched during the month were:
“Red, White and Brass” is loosely based on a true event. Young people in the Tongan community in New Zealand form a marching band so they can get seats for a world cup rugby match. This was a bit of run with lots of good music and lots of bright colours. There were some silly scenes, but generally entertaining and worth watching. Rated as 3.5/5.
“The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” had been watched by some before our July class, with others watching it after the class. Again this was enjoyed by members of the class, with good characterisation. It had a good message about the importance of communication after a family tragedy, and the problems and misunderstandings that can occur if this does not happen. Those who watched this month gave it a rating of 3.5/5.
“The Last Daughter” is a documentary about Brenda Matthews. She had been fostered with a white family before being returned to her indigenous family. As an adult she searches for her foster parents to whom she still felt connected. It was eye-opening and emotional, but left Brenda and the audience with unanswered questions. Rated as 4/5
“No Hard Feelings” is a predictable and silly film about a late twenty’s employed by his parents to seduce a 19-year-old before he went to university. Rated as 3/5.
“Maybe I Do” is about a young couple who are at a crossroads in their relationship – she believes the relationship will grow if they marry; he is fearful the relationship will fail if anything changes. It is fun and predictable with some good performances by Susan Sarandon and William H. Macy. And it looks like it was based on a play with the director keeping the scenes close to this. Rated as 3/5
“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” is the final of the Indiana Jones films. It included the traditional amazing chases, although not as much action as in previous films in the series. It is also thought that there was either use of AI or clips from earlier films for the start of the film set at the end of WWII. Rated as 3.5/5
Our film for discussion at our next class on 13 September is a choice between “Chevalier” and “Barbie” (or both). And as usual, we will discuss any other films watched by members of the class.