1970s Aussie satire/drama. Precursor to MURIEL’S WEDDING as a brutal take on white suburbia in Australia, before shifting into an directionless, existential nightmare. Written by the Australian novelist Patrick White. His main contribution is a sprawling, dynamic, non-linear structure (I particularly love the elliptical digression into the families backstory). Sharman’s off kilter visual style grounds the more overwrought scenes and dialogue. Both Ruth Cracknell, as a matriarch who crackles with a manic intensity, and Kerry Walker, as the offbeat, existentially challenged Felicity, give fantastic lead performances. Was fun to see Terry Camilleri turn up too, after enjoying his performance in THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS so recently.
A small thing... the sound of Australian birds in the morning is really beautiful, and evoked such a specific, pleasant feeling for me.
Swear to god I’m finally gonna get through more 70s Aussie cinema.