The Eye of the Storm

The Eye of the Storm (Fred Schepisi, 2011) Charlotte Rampling, Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis

I don't think I've ever seen an Australian film with such quality and depth in the cast.

That it springs to life with such vigour and humorous bite owes much to the canny script by actor-turned-screenwriter Judy Morris, the assured direction of Fred Schepisi (a veteran of successful literary and stage adaptations) and a dream cast. Lynden Barber, curator of the Australian Screen page.

The talent of acting in this country is so rich. The thing about, I guess, Patrick White and adapting Patrick White, it's very difficult because the characters are very brittle and very difficult to sympathise with in many ways and so it presents the actors with tremendous challenges. But I think that they've overcome those challenges really very well indeed and there is some marvellous acting in this film. And even though it's not embraceable as a film, I don't think, but I think that is to do with Patrick White. David Stratton, At the Movies, ABC TV (transcription)


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