Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sydney Film Festival Day 12 Review Home By Christmas

An original mix of documentary blended with Biopic this film is an absolute gem. Before he passed Gaylene Preston's father told the story of his war experience to her in a series of recorded interviews. Bought to life by actor Tony Barry these interviews are reproduced and peppered with a mix of archival footage and dramatised scenes. Cut between these is flashbacks of her mother's life at home.

The overall effect is an absolutely engaging piece of cinema bringing to life the tradition of oral history. It gives you a true insight into the relationship between father and daughter at every step where he adds messages to her and (implies) edits to the story.

Magical and true to the character of these people a wholy entralling piece of cinema.

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