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Australia 1997
Directed by
Chris Kennedy
95 minutes
Rated M

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3.5 stars

Doing Time For Patsy Cline

Doing Time For Patsy Cline is a refreshingly different blackish comedy that has a lot of fun with rural Australia's fondness for American country and western music.

An original and well-written script by director Kennedy, who picked up a number of commendations including a "Special Achievement Award" at The San Diego International Film Festival, a stylishly retro look provided by ace lensman Andrew Lesnie, who did both of George Miller's Babe films, and excellent performances by the three principals, Matt Day, Miranda Otto and Richard Roxburgh, each in their own way, make for an entertaining, albeit somewhat slow-moving, time. In this latter respect the reiteration of the song Red,Red Roses gets a little wearing.

Unfortunately, for it is a sophisticated production, not being an easy film to pigeonhole and looking more American than Australian, despite having a genuine, although understated, affection for the vernacular (especially in the character of Ralph's Dad, played by Roy Billing) and picking up 4 AFI Awards including Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Score for Pete Best and Best Costume Design for Louise Wakefield, it did not do well at the local box office.

 

 

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