Days Seven of the New Zealand International Film Festival 2011 (Wellington)
Thursday 04 August
Absolutely Brilliant! Oliver Tate, Welsh teenager, has his first relationship and copes with the idea that his parent’s marriage may break up.
The directorial debut from Richard Ayoade (IT Crowd) is quirky; full of dolly shots, narrative humour, and movie jokes (example: Oliver points out how a movie of his life would be made. ‘Queue crane shot’. Although, ‘a movie on my life wouldn’t have the funds for a crane, so would most likely have a zoom out’. Queue zoom out. Queue me cracking up laughing). Amazing performances from all, especially Sally Hawkins as Oliver’s beige mother. My words cannot relate how awesome this film was, so I shall just suffice it to say 5 out of 5.
Submarine was preceded by Blue, a 14-minute short film, directed by Stephen Kang, funded by the NZFC Screen Innovation Fund.
Winner of the Best Short Film at Critics’ Week, Cannes Film Festival 2011, Blue features an out-of-work children’s TV mascot struggling to find a new place in the world.
Really funny. Well shot. Definitely worth seeing. Well done. 4.5 out of 5.