The Deep End (2001) and other dvds

Latest from Wollongong Library; my choices are often quite random but prove rather inspired. Such is the case this time.

Tilda Swinton is great in The Deep End. See also Rotten Tomatoes (“A well-acted film noir with arresting visuals.”) and IMDb:

With her husband perpetually away at work, a mother raises her children virtually alone. Her teenage son is testing the waters of the adult world, and early one morning she wakes to find the dead body of his gay lover on the beach of their rural lakeside home. What would you do? What is rational and what do you do to protect your child? How far do you go and when do you stop?


Jonathon Tucker as Beau in The Deep End

The gay sex scene is as explicit as anything I have seen in a mainstream movie: hence the MA 15+ rating.  It’s a very good movie, though I found myself not quite believing that main plot twist.

Not yet seen – tonight probably – is a 2012 Australian movie that passed me by: Bathing Franky.

When Steve is released from prison, he is unable to connect with his girlfriend, as he is still haunted by his relationship with a fellow inmate. Taking a ‘meals-on-wheels’ job, he meets Rod, a wildly irrepressible older man, who is the full time carer for his invalid mother who, when not confined to a wheelchair, gets about on her modified ride-on lawn mower. Steve is captivated by the older pair’s extravagant world of make-believe and a close friendship between the men develops. – IMDb

It is featured in the Australian Film Festival of India 2014 / 2015 – and no, I hadn’t heard about that either! A link there goes to some interesting reviews, but I will leave you with this one from a viewer on IMDb.

Purchase[d] a copy of the movie at the Dungog Film Festival today, without high expectations. Sort of reminded me of Eye of the Storm, only different. Shot in the Hunter Valley which makes it more interesting for me, everything about the finished product is excellent. All of the things that matter, storyline, cinematography, direction, editing and acting are first rate. All believable, and no plot holes to be seen. The story is basically about two men from different generations that connect, because of circumstances that they have to deal with, and have no control over. I am sorry that I missed a screening at my local cinema. Fingers crossed that it gets a theatre release in Australia.

Not sure it did…

Finally something I had seen before: the 2007 ABC miniseries Bastard Boys. Thought it worth revisiting. See this left-wing critique from Green Left Weekly.