Because the Barossa Vintage Festival will be in full swing on Friday 17th April, when we would normally be holding our monthly screening, “The Rocket” will be shown on Friday 10th April at 7.30 pm at Faith Wine Centre.
Kim Mordaunt’s The Rocket is a debut fiction feature from an Australian documentary-maker, set in Laos. It is a likable piece of work whose gentleness is an interesting contrast to the grim and even tragic subject matter. It should, perhaps, be seen specifically as a children’s film. The Rocket seems to have grown out of Mordaunt’s 2007 documentary Bomb Harvest, about the work of an Australian bomb disposal expert trying to clear away the huge number of unexploded devices dropped on Laos by the US during the Vietnam war. Children are still at risk from these terrifying objects in the ground. The story is about a young Laotian boy, Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe), who is believed by his family to be “cursed”, a bringer of bad luck. Ahlo battles on, however, making friends with an orphan and her wacky uncle, and comes to believe that if he can win the local firework competition with his homemade rocket he can hit back at his own bad luck – and maybe in some way hit back at the bad fate that sent bombs raining down on Laos. A sweet-natured if low-key film.
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