8:00 PM, 9th March, 2001
Josh (Wenham) and Cin (Porter) are engaged in what is either the most or least successful one-night stand in all history. The two meet at a party, and decide to go home together. As Josh is due back at his home in London in only a few days, it looks like the perfect physical relationship((mdash))no obligation, no possibility of anything more. But despite themselves, they soon find the one-night stand careening out of control. This is a beautiful little film that was largely overlooked in a great year for Australian film. The film is essentially a one-set film, rarely straying out of Cin's apartment. The focus is entirely on Josh and Cin, and both Wenham (of "SeaChange" fame) and Porter put in the best performances of their careers as this pair of people getting in over their heads. The writing is tight. But most of all, even a hardened cynic like myself came away from this film feeling just a little bit more romantic.Go and see this film, you'll love it.
9:40 PM, 9th March, 2001
Someday, millennia from now, archaeologists sifting through the rubble of 20th century civilization will discover a remarkable find((mdash))a print of Hercules Returns! Studying it with infinite care they will be able to deduce that the people who lived in our era were, without doubt, bloody stupid!. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Hercules Returns is a film version of the live performances by the "Double Take" team((mdash))who ad-lib the dialogue for entire movies. Sort of like Mystery Science Theatre but much more ambitious.
The 'story' involves a group of movie enthusiasts who attempt to re-open an abandoned cinema. The evil corporate minions don't want the competition, so they sabotage the cinema's opening night by switching the prints of the film for one entirely in Italian. To save the day, all our heroes have to do is perform sound effects and English dialogue over the cinema PA for the whole movie((mdash))easy! I've seen this at least half a dozen times and it still manages to crack me up. The humour is fast, frenzied, and gleefully coarse. A fine example of Australian cinema((mdash))go see it.