Commonwealth Film & Theatre Festival
THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE Review by Frida Runnkvist
How do you tell someone that you are in love with them? Do you tell them? Take the risk of losing your best friend and being called a poofter or a faggot, for the remainder of your school years? These are the questions tackled in ‘The Language of Love’, a ten-minute monologue written and performed by cinematic newcomer Kim Ho and directed by Laura Scrivano. With a witty, poignant script and a heartfelt performance by Ho, the film gives an honest look into the mind of Charlie, an Australian teenager coming to terms with who he is, who he loves and the confusion and frustration that comes along with it.
IN FOCUS: Child Soldiers
Feature by Blanche Berruquaz The Commonwealth Film and Theatre festival aims to promote respect for human rights, equality, freedom and sustainable economic development. The opening night showcased Rob Brown’s first feature film ‘Sixteen’: a superb Clind’oeil on the fate of a child soldier refugee Jumah. With 300,000 children soldiers in the world, this film questions their rights, their equality, their freedom in the increasing conflicts in developing countries and the dynamics of poverty in Africa. In the past few years awareness through films, songs and books has risen on these Child soldiers. “Sixteen” brings them closer to home at the margin of our society.
MOON MAN Review by Liam McGarry
In this French/German/Irish coproduction, the titular “Moon Man” is a bedtime story brought to life, a lonely protector of children the world over from his seat on la lune above. To the children of this story, the moon man is a comforting presence and a guardian of sweet dreams. When the moon man catches a comet down to earth, he is hounded and then demonised by a ruthless Global President intent on conquering his home. Unfortunately this colourful fantasy, and excellent hand-drawn animation is let down by lazy acting and even lazier screenwriting.
[READ MORE] [READ MORE]