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Two very different films about child abuse are among the picks of this year’s Sydney Film Festival (7-18 June).

Benedict Andrews first feature film, UNA, is a taut tale of sexual obsession.

Based on David Harrower’s play Blackbird, the screenplay has been written by the playwright.

The events of the summer when Una was thirteen still exert a tremendous, magnetic pull on her, thirteen years later.

Thirteen years ago, the thirteen year old Una waited for the much older Ray in a hotel room. Ray was her next door neighbour and Una had run away with Ray, they had sex for the first time, and the he appeared to have loved and left her.

Now, thirteen years later, Una tracks Ray, now known as Peter, to his workplace, neither to condemn or condone, but to confront.

What happened between Ray and Una should never have happened, but what happened transformed and shattered their lives. They are left to piece together their broken lives and to reflect on how their lives might be repaired. True to life, there are no easy answers.

The main characters names bear special significance in this film. Ray got to change his – he’s now called Peter- but Una has lived with hers. Una, translated from the Latin, means one.The core question for Una, throughout the course of her journey in the film is…Was I the only one?” Continue reading ‘UNA’ AND ‘THE TEACHER’ : TWO OUTSTANDING FILMS AT THIS YEAR’S SFF


Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett in Todd Haynes' new romantic drama CAROL.
Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett in Todd Haynes’ new romantic drama CAROL.

Disappointing lesbian romantic drama based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, CAROL is the latest lush life Fifties fueled film from Todd Haynes, who gave us the more satisfying Sirk styled Far From Heaven a few years back. Indeed, CAROL feels like the symbiotic twin sibling to that robust and ravishing movie about same sex identity and race relations.

Still, CAROL is a distinctly gorgeous looking film. Ed Lachman, the Director of Photography, who was Oscar nominated for Far From Heaven shot on Super 16 millimetre which made it look like it was 35 millimetre in that time period. Having worked with Haynes before on Mildred Pierce and Far From Heaven, both period films, Lachman’s lensing is luscious and luminous, and by referencing certain mid-century photographers in frame and focus finding a visual verisimilitude in look and lustre. Continue reading CAROL