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Book Week (Heath Davis, 2019) wr. Heath Davis; Jolene Anderson, Toby Schmitz, Susan Prior
A jaded high school English teacher is forced to re-evaluate his life when his novel is passed over for one of his students.
Wittily scripted, sharply characterised, and smartly performed (Rose Riley, Pippa Grandison, Steve Le Marquand, Rhys Muldoon, Tiriel Mora, Maya Stange, Nicholas Hope and Jolene Anderson all do great work in small roles), Book Week is a little gem of a film. It not only celebrates the joy of reading (and learning), but also the ability of people to change for the better. You always get the feeling that there’s a better man beneath Nick Cutler’s sour exterior, and Alan Dukes ingeniously reveals his character’s true self slowly and authentically as the film unspools. It’s a lovely portrait piece, and Book Week is nothing short of a cinematic page-turner. Erin Free, FilmInk.
Garry Gillard | New: 21 November, 2019 | Now: 24 January, 2020