Film Screening 28th March, 2008

Poster for The Water Horse

The Water Horse 

8:00 PM, 28th March, 2008

  • 111 mins
  • Unknown
  • Jay Russell
  • Robert Nelson Jacobs
  • Alex Etel, Emily Watson, Ben Chaplin, David Morrissey

I haven't seen this film, so my comments are all based on information gleaned from the internet. Based on a novel by Dick King-Smith (never heard of him? Tut tut. He's one of Britain's most prolific children's writers with more than 100 titles to his credit - including Babe), it's the story of a lonely boy and his friend who discover a mysterious egg which later hatches into the sea creature of Scottish legend - the Loch Ness monster. The film is shot around Loch Ness, so the scenery will definitely be worth seeing. It should also be worth seeing for the special effects, as the film makes use of the talents of the special-effects team which was behind The Lord of the Rings. Others involved in its making are Revolution Studios, and Walden Media (responsible for The Chronicles of Narnia). Very "cutesy creature" formula. Other things I can tell you are that the producer is an Academy Award((reg))-winner. I guess it depends how much you like "cutesy-creature" children's films. I'll be going along because I missed Babe and need to feed my inner child, and also because it's reputed to be a magical motion picture.

Marilyn Edmond

Poster for Across the Universe

Across the Universe 

10:13 PM, 28th March, 2008

  • 133 mins
  • Unknown
  • Julie Taymor
  • Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
  • Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Bono

For anyone who is a fan of the 60s and 70s, and especially the Beatles' music, this film will blow your mind. The film puts the 'colour' well and truly back into Technicolor - it's a psychedelic whirlwind of a movie. I haven't seen the whole thing but the bits I did see looked visually stunning.Set in the time of the Vietnam war, hippies, LSD, the student protest movement and the draft, this film will be a nostalgia trip for some, and a revelation to others (AKA the younger members of ANU Film Group to whom all this is just so much jaded history).

Marilyn Edmond