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Ginger Meggs (Jonathan Dawson, 1982) prod. John Sexton, wr. Michael Latimer, from comic strip by J. C. Bancks, dp John Seale, music John Stuart, Kim Thraves, design Larry Eastwood, ed. Phillip Howe; Terry Camilleri, Paul Daniel, Harold Hopkins, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Coral Kelly, Garry McDonald, Gwen Plumb; filmed Bowral; Eastman colour, 35mm, 95 min.
... the children are dull and amateurish; and the adults overplay their roles without elan or conviction. ...The film is set in the 40s, and nostalgia is laid on with a trowel, including a scene in which a travelling cinema visits town for a projection of Forty Thousand Horsemen. However, it is all undercut by a painfully inappropriate soundtrack of 80s rock. The plot is thin, and is made to seem thinner by the film's inordinate length (100 minutes). David Stratton: 343-4.
Garry Gillard | New: 9 January, 2013 | Now: 6 April, 2020