May 29th 2012
"Toomelah" this Saturday
In a remote Aboriginal community, 10 year old Daniel yearns to be a gangster, like the male role models in his life. Skipping school, getting into fights and running drugs for Linden, who leads the main gang in town. This is the scenario for Toomelah, this month's screening by the Magnetic Island Film Society this Saturday night at the RSL Hall, Hayles Ave.
ABC's At the Movies reviewer, Margaret Pomeranz, wrote, "Located close to the border between Queensland and NSW, TOOMELAH is an Aboriginal community where 10-year-old Daniel, DANIEL CONNORS, is growing up the hard way. He lives with his mother and grandmother, while his father, an ex-boxer and meth addict, seems to have no roof over his head at all. Daniel has little home life, he has to fend for himself, and he plays up at school. After a while he drops out of school and hangs with small-time drug dealer Linden, CHRISTOPHER EDWARDS, and his mob. It's a terrible life for a kid.
"Ivan Sen, who made the beautiful BENEATH CLOUDS, filmed TOOMELAH on location using a cast consisting almost entirely of non-professional actors headed by young Daniel Connors whose intense, watchful, damaged face dominates the drama. Though the plotting is fairly conventional, and the film is not as sophisticated as the comparable SAMSON & DELILAH, TOOMELAH is still a powerful and disturbing view of Aboriginal outback life, a place where there seems to be no employment, no future and little in the way of love. Reasons for this are suggested - one of Daniel's aunties, who was taken away to the city many years earlier, returns to remind us of the stolen generations - and in the end Daniel makes a decision that might improve his prospects. Click here for more)
Duration: 124 mins
Director: Ivan Sen
Lead actor: Daniel Conners
Cast: Aunt Cindy, Christopher Edwards
Producer: David Jowsey
Screenplay: Ivan Sen
Screening at Magnetic Island RSL Hall, Hayles Avenue, Arcadia at 8 pm on the first Saturday of the Month.
Admission: Adults $10.00; Concession $8.00; Members Free.
Annual MIFS membership: $50.00 Conc. $40.00 Annual membership includes free admission for one calendar year (11 screenings) & discount tickets to the Annual MIFS Film Festival. Half-yearly also available.
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