8:00 PM, 14th April, 2007
Four young Muslim men from Tiptom (near Manchester), who are travelling on British and Pakistani passports, decide to have an adventure in rural Afghanistan prior to one of them getting married in Pakistan. In the unstable political environment of post 9/11 the quartet gets caught in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong people. After great physical cruelty and preliminary interrogations the three survivors, along with many other detainees, are transported like cattle to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The three detainees were held without charge and were released after 2 years in custody. The core message of this film is to outline the conduct of the United States Army personnel against the detainees, the methods of torture and humiliation: psychological torture (being blasted for hours by high volume heavy metal music), physical abuse and ridicule of religious faith. This film is not for everyone, and you will need a strong stomach to cope with some of its content, but all who value freedom of speech should be grateful that the film makers made this film. David Hicks has been imprisoned in this place, without trial, for 5 years (as of Jan 07) and many others remain incarcerated without wide media coverage or motion pictures telling their stories.
10:35 PM, 14th April, 2007
Daniel (Long) is an ambitious modern dancer and choreographer at the studio of his long time mentor, Isabel (Scacchi). His dance partner Bridget (Torv) is also his lover. One afternoon Daniel disappears on a supposedly short errand. He is abducted by three hooded women, taken to a warehouse and sexually abused. Dumped from a van several days later, Daniel is so traumatised he cannot return to dancing, and lives his life in torment imagining that he sees his abductors everywhere. When he meets Julie (Deborah Mailman), he has a sense of safety, but the subconscious demons wont go away. Ana Kokkinos, who previously directed Head On, adapted the novel by Rupert Thomson. The film is provocative, graphic, and confronting but strangely mesmerising. Tom Long, in a demanding role, gives a strong physical performance (he was tutored by Meryl Tankard who also choreographed the dance sequences). The middle section of the film does not make a lot of sense though, as the motivations of the abductors are never adequately explained (though this was clearly the intention).'