Animal Kingdom (David Michôd, 2010) Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Luke Ford, Jacki Weaver; crime; won ten awards at the AFIs 2010
Having watched Animal Kingdom for the third time, I was at a loss to imagine how a first-time writer-director could make such an accomplished film. I wrote in November 2010 that it was difficult to imagine anything else winning Best Film at the AFI Awards 11 December 2010. It won much more than that—deservedly.
Smoking with the embers of yesterday's newspapers with headlines of Melbourne's underworld killings, Animal Kingdom is a superbly written and crafted crime drama - the kind that Australians are well accustomed to making ... for television. It's a pleasure to see an Australian genre movie in which story and character are given equal importance and are so well defined and delivered. Andrew Urban, Urban Cinefile.
It's so lovely to see a really good Australian film. And we're not admiring this because it's an Australian film, because it's a very good film. Four and a half stars from me, too. David Stratton, At the Movies, ABC TV (transcription)
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