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The Turning

  • 2013
  • Jonathan auf der Heide
  • 106 mins
  • 15
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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Although quite a few famous Australian faces (Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving) pepper this ambitious attempt to translate Tim Winton's book of short stories into an experimental collage of short films, it was first conceived as an art project, and is perhaps best viewed that way. It's also worth noting that, to those unfamiliar with the book, certain characters recur, to be reinterpreted by different directors and actors. The result is fitfully interesting but jarring in one (very) long session, offering tales from modern life in a Western Australian town that deal with battered wives, frustrated lives and - most consistently - the pains and rituals of growing up. The penultimate story, in which a couple meet on a train, is told entirely through interpretative dance, and threatens to be a step too far. But, surprisingly, its organic, intuitive storytelling makes it one of the best entries and offers a refreshing break from some of the darker realism here.

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Credits

Cast

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Gail LangCate Blanchett
RaeleneRose Byrne
Bob LangHugo Weaving
SherryMiranda Otto
Vic LangRichard Roxburgh
Vic LangHarrison Gilbertson
MaxMatt Nable

Crew

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DirectorJonathan auf der Heide
DirectorTony Ayres
DirectorJub Clerc
DirectorRobert Connolly
DirectorShaun Gladwell
DirectorRhys Graham
DirectorJustin Kurzel
DirectorYaron Lifschitz
DirectorAnthony Lucas
DirectorClaire McCarthy
DirectorIan Meadows
DirectorAshlee Page
DirectorStephen Page
DirectorSimon Stone
DirectorWarwick Thornton
DirectorMarieka Walsh
DirectorMia Wasikowska
DirectorDavid Wenham

Details

Theatrical distributor
Soda Pictures
Released on
2015-02-06
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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