1:45 PM, 12th September, 1999
Jacqueline du Pre was a talented English cellist who shot to stardom in the 1960s, with hits like 'Elgar Cello Concerto in C', before dying young of multiple sclerosis. This film is based on the true story of her life and her relationship with her older sister Hilary. This is a very good film, being both entertaining and interesting. It shows how a famous person fits in and is produced by family dynamics. By trying to fit the lives of both Hilary and Jackie into the short space of a film a great deal of compression and simplification is required. This demands that the viewer assume much and be able to quickly identify with and understand the images presented. Because of this the film is probably best appreciated by people who have some familiarity with Hilary and Jackie's era or who have enough life experience to identify with the stages of life presented. The present student generation, brought up on mouse and mobile may not take to this films bread and butter.
2:00 PM, 12th September, 1999
From Nadia Tass and David Parker, the Australian team responsible for such great films as Malcolm and The Big Steal, comes a wistful drama centred around a young girl. Amy (De Roma) hasn't uttered a word for four years, after witnessing a horrible accident. When Amy and her mother, Tanya (Griffiths), move to the back streets of Melbourne, they meet Robert, a young musician (Mendelsohn). When he discovers Amy singing, a close bond is formed. Robert then tries to bring Amy back into the world, through song.
Tass and Parker attempt to take the viewer on a very unorthodox journey, the film is on the whole successful. The excellent performances (particularly by De Roma) and the cinematography add a lot to the film, raising it above the melodramatic. Amy is certainly unusual, shifting from the graphic to the silly to the surreal to the dramatic. The outcome is a likeable story, which will leave you smiling (and perhaps even singing along).