ONE PERFECT DAY: DVD
Tommy Matisse (Dan Spielman) lives for his music, and hears music in everything around him - from the rhythms of traffic to the pounding of his girlfriend's Alysse (Leanna Walsman)'s heart. His mother Carolyn (Kerry Armstrong) doesn't understand him. But Tommy is sensitive to everything - except the calls from those who need him, including his younger sister Emma (Abbie Cornish) who is going through a personal crisis. Fuelled by a concoction of pills from casual young drug dealer Trig (Nathan Phillips), Emma and Alysse's night of partying ends in tragedy. Overwhelmed by guilt, Alysse tells Tommy what happened, but his anger destroys their relationship. Alysse heads down a path of drugs and destruction, falling into the arms of record producer/drug dealer Hector Lee (Andrew Howard), while Tommy struggles with his emotions and musical expression.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Even though it doesn't come off perfectly, One Perfect Day has a lot going for it, and is a welcome addition to the Australian film catalogue. It deals with themes not usually confronted by mainstream filmmakers, and does so in an energetic and dramatic manner. Taking us inside the rave dance & drug culture, Paul Currie wants to connect with his audience by showing it like it is. This works, in a display of natural cinematic talent, as he blends vision, sound and drama, with economical use of dialogue, but lots of visual messages.
The insights don't quite make for revelation about the culture, but invite understanding on at least a simple, human level. There is no preaching, but by showing his understanding of the power and effect of the music, Paul Currie delivers a gutsy anti-drug sermon without saying a word, as it were. Just look around you, he is saying; dig the music, it's cool and creative and triggers fabulous, imaginative self expression. But there is a loneliness there, too, and the evident, heavy downside of the uppers.
The top young cast gives everything a director could wish for; there's not a wasted line, not a false note from any of them as they create tangible characters we recognise. With 45 titles on the soundtrack (including the title song in two versions) adding to original music by Josh Abrahams, the film is pretty well non stop music, and it drives the film.
The most surprising music credit here is Lisa Gerrard, who co-wrote Sunrise with orbital, and provides a too-short vocal on it. The film is contempo, sincere and a solid platform from which Paul Currie can develop his feature film career.
There's a making of feature on the DVD plus the theatrical trailer.
Published September 9, 2004
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ONE PERFECT DAY: DVD (MA)
CAST: Dan Spielman, Leanna Walsman, Kerry Armstrong, Abbie Cornish, Nathan Phillips, Rory Williamson, Frank Gallacher, Alex Menglet, Syd Brisbane
DIRECTOR: Paul Currie
SCRIPT: Paul Currie, Chip Richards
RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: September 9, 2004