The Barossa Film Club’s last screening for 2011 is the outstanding Australian romantic drama “Unfinished Sky”. Directed by Peter Duncan. the film won 5 AFI Awards for screenplay, musical score, cinematography and acting, including best actor for William McInnes and best actress for Monic Hendricx. McInnes, surely one of the most under-rated actors in Australia, plays farmer John, a loner who has withdrawn from the world after losing his wife. He finds a bloodied and bruised Afghan refugee (Hendricx), who cannot speak English, but who is obviously terrified and traiumatised. He reluctantly takes her in and nurses her back to health, and the two gradually discover more about each other’s pasts.
“Unfinished Sky” is an engaging, intriguing and unpredictable drama. The acting is brilliant, and the whole film a fine example of how very good Australian film-making can be, when it is telling a universal story, rather than trying to be quirky. It embraces the human spirit, showiing its resilience and its power when it embraces hope and a willingness to take a chance.
The film will show at the Faith College Wine Centre on Friday 11th November. A short film from Ireland, “New Boy” will show at 7.30 pm and the main feature after an interval, at which we will be offering cheese and wine. Everybody is most welcome.
This is a fitting climax to a year of interesting films -come and join us!