Squirk's Overseas Experience

The tales of one Kiwi returning to Mother Britain and exploring the Big Wide World... without being eaten by a shark.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Annie Get Your Popcorn

On a whim, I saw Australian film Little Fish at the Curzon cinema in Soho. It's a cute cinema, with comfortably decadent d├ęcor and a lovely bar and restaurant arrangement. (New Zealanders, think Regent on Worcester or Academy Cinema.)

The movie itself was very much an off-Hollywood character drama, despite the big name actors. Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Sam Neill and, er, Martin Henderson(!) lead the cast in this sad tale of drugs in the suburbs.

Go if:
  • You've got nothing better to do.
  • You need an incentive to leave home before you're 30.
Don't go if:
  • You want compelling pace and a big finish.
  • You like your drug films graphic.

Three off-Hollywood stars out of five. Four Hollywood stars.

(Oh, the singer who looks like Bic Runga actually is Bic Runga.)


  • At 10:26 am AEST, Blogger andrew brown said…

    Well, I do like drugs, so that inspires me to go, but on the other hand, I hate movies that use the cliche of perseverance in the face of adversity. Does it have that?

  • At 8:05 am AEST, Blogger Squirk said…

    While at least one person perseveres through some adversity, I would not call it a major theme.

    Drugs (specifically heroin) are big part of the film; not because the filmmakers want to show you what drugs do, but because most of the characters' relationships with each other are defined by drugs (in way or another).


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