The Turning ... and The Ghost of Rock and Roll George Lives On.
Tim Winton is one of our favourite authors. Jodie and I have read all his books (including the Lochie Leonard kid's series) and eagerly anticipate the release of his next volume. Unfortunately, between surfing and wandering the organic foreshores of his beloved Western Australia, it usually takes Tim between four and seven years to satisfy our lust for his contemplation on life's twists and turns. His next book, Eyrie, is due for release on the 20th October.
In the mean time we were given a bonus that made the clock watching worthwhile. Australian film director Robert Connolly (Three Dollars, The Bank, Balibo) has been busily working away on a movie depiction of Winton's book of interlocked short stories, The Turning. Being the creative mind he is, Connolly not only organised the funding for his project, but convinced sixteen other directors to take on one of the short stories with him. They each were given the opportunity to select one of the stories, their own group of actors and turn it into eight and a half minutes of cinema.
|The view of the Story Bridge and the Brisbane River from our room|
In an attempt to bring punters back to the cinema, this three hour celluloid feast, filled every seat in Centro's largest cinema. Complete with intermission, a fifty page, glossy program and a Q & A after the film with Connolly and Lifschitz, it certainly made lounge-room viewing of downloaded dvds (legal or illegal copies), at best mundane.
|And at night|
Drawing on the talents of some of Australia's best actors, that include Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Miranda Otto, Richard Roxburgh and Hugo Weaving and many new and equally talented young actors, I feel that Connolly and his directive cohort have captured the essence of Winton's writing and shaped it in a way unimagined. Some of those attending this film had not read the book but they were still able to grab and understand the complexities of family and time lapse that Winton explores and presents in this volume of work. The cinematography was a breathtaking. Combined with the soundtrack it highlighted the uniqueness of the character we call Australian.
The Turning opened nationally yesterday.
|Sunrise over New Farm|
|A face I'd not seen before|