Film Screening 31st May, 2013

Poster for Save Your Legs!

Save Your Legs! 

8:00 PM, 31st May, 2013

  • M
  • 92 mins
  • 2012
  • Boyd Hicklin
  • Brendan Cowell
  • Stephen Curry, Damon Gameau, Brendan Cowell, Madeleine West

This film is based on the true story of a D grade cricket team from Melbourne playing in a tournament in India. But you don’t have to like cricket to enjoy the tale, as the real theme is a mixed group of weekend cricketers addressing their passage in life from young independence to the responsibilities of family and mortgages. While playing a bit of cricket.

Save Your Legs! was selected to be the closing screening of the 2012 Canberra International Film Festival. Wonderfully appropriate to finish with a light comedy after a full diet of foreign films, documentaries and heavy dramas. The audience gave it a standing ovation when it finished. I’ve heard it described as “Red Dog meets Slumdog” which gives a feel of what you should expect.

Good Australian humour, familiar Australian accents and setting combined with exotic Indian smells and colour. I always feel that I get a little bit extra from an Australian film – extra insight, more familiarity. The cast is excellent; you will recognise Stephen Curry, Damon Gameau and Brendan Cowell. Cowell was also the screenwriter. Even the glamour (Pallavi Sharda as Anjali) is an Australian/ Indian actress. Terrific scenery and a wonderful soundtrack prompt me to predict that this will be your favourite Australian film of 2013. Come along and be proud of what our film industry can do.

Brett Yeats

Poster for The Angels’ Share

The Angels’ Share 

9:47 PM, 31st May, 2013

  • MA
  • 97 mins
  • 2012
  • Ken Loach
  • Paul Laverty
  • Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, Gary Maitland, Jasmine Riggins

The Full Monty meets Trainspotting? When petty crim and troublemaker Robbie (Brannigan) sneaks into the Glasgow maternity hospital to visit his young girlfriend Leonie (Siobhan Reilly) and hold his newborn son Luke for the first time, he is overwhelmed. He swears that Luke will not lead the same stricken life he has led.

While serving a community service order, Robbie meets Rhino (William Ruane), Albert (Maitland) and Mo (Riggins) who, like him, find it impossible to find work because of their criminal records. But when community worker Harry (Henshaw) takes him under his wing – and to a malt whiskey tasting – Robbie discovers he has a well developed nose. This leads to a further interest in whiskey, which in turn leads to meeting a whiskey collector (Roger Hallam) and an opportunity for Robbie to really change his life.

Director Ken Loach is best known for his gritty, realistic portrayals of the dark side of life in the UK (and there is some of that here) but this is a more light-hearted affair in general and a very enjoyable one at that. Indeed it won the Jury Prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Warning: needs subtitles for some of the thick Scottish accents.

Jacinta Gould