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Emerald City (Michael Jenkins, 1988) aka David Williamson's Emerald City, prod. Joan Long; John Hargreaves, Robyn Nevin, Chris Haywood, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Cracknell; 91 min.
Successful screenwriter Colin Rogers moves from Melbourne to Sydney and becomes involved with commercial movie hustler Mike McCord.
Emerald City does have its spiky charms and is worth a look for its contribution to the eternal Sydney vs Melbourne debate. It was released in Australian cinemas on 9 December 1988 and nominated for five AFI Awards in 1989: Best Actor (Hargreaves), Supporting Actress (Kidman), Adapted Screenplay (Williamson) and Cinematography (Paul Murphy), with Chris Haywood winning the prize for Best Supporting Actor. Richard Kuipers, NFSA.
Adapted from David Williamson’s popular play of the same name, it is underrated among the veteran writer’s screenplays. Thanks to Jenkins’s direction and his cast’s energy it plays in a higher, shriller key than most of Williamson’s stage-to-screen transitions – more The Club in its verbal cha-cha-cha than a slower-paced chinfest like Don’s Party. The Guardian.
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