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INANIMATE OBJECTS: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Bill Patterson (Daniel Fletcher) is a 25 year old living on his late father's chook farm with his mother (Anne Phelan), his young sister Kate (Natalia Starzynski) and his Grandad (Monty Maizels), but is looking for work - usually in nearby Pooguna . . . when he's not avoiding the obstacles of the myriad inanimate objects around him. (One of them killed his dad....) New in town, Skye (Josephine Clark) seems like his type - small & cute - but she has just opened a curio shop, an obstacle course of its own. Bill's job with Sam (Lesley Baker) proves to be less of a blessing and more of a malicious scheme by the universe of inanimate objects.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
As Bill (Daniel Fletcher) narrates his story, we get to know him as a well meaning, accident prone boy-next-door who is growing up but not exactly maturing. Decent and all that, but not the romantic lead in his life's movie. The fall guy. Naïve and unworldly, but nice. But he has enemies: objects. All objects. A message filmmaker Don Percy delivers with merciless frequency.

The film's simple and single premise is stretched and tweaked into a would be romance that never quite takes off, in a setting that relies entirely on the concept. As a one-note samba, it's probably overstating its premise in the format of a short feature, and would be better managed as a long short. And even so, a dramatic grounding element would serve the film to give it some ballast.

But the plusses are the performances, even though they are all directed to push the comedic line. Natalia Starzynski is notable as the young sister in a tiny role, and Josephine Clark is natural, credible and sweet as Skye, while Daniel Fletcher is a likeable loser who has to endure the film's most embarrassing scenes, including a nude modelling job which ends badly. Well, depends on your point of view I guess.

Published February 4, 2013

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

INANIMATE OBJECTS: DVD (M)
(Aust, 2012)

CAST: Daniel Fletcher, Josephine Clark, Jim Daly, Lesley Baker, Anne Phelan, Natalia Starzynski,

PRODUCER: Don Percy

DIRECTOR: Don Percy

SCRIPT: Don Percy

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Tony Brennan

EDITOR: William Houten

MUSIC: Robyn Payne

RUNNING TIME: 54 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Peacock Films

DVD RELEASE: January 23, 2013







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