Noise (2007 Australian film)
|Directed by||Matthew Saville|
|Produced by||Trevor Blainey|
|Written by||Matthew Saville|
|Music by||Bryony Marks|
|Edited by||Geoff Hitchins|
|Distributed by||Madman Entertainment (Australia)
Film Movement (US)
|Running time||108 minutes|
The film is set up amongst the landscape of two potentially related murders: that of an engaged woman in Sunshine, and that of seven passengers on a train in Melbourne's inner west. From there, the film deals primarily with the experiences of Lavinia Smart, a young woman who boarded the train shortly after the murders, and police Constable Graham McGahan, who is afflicted with increasingly severe tinnitus. When he requests light duty on account of his tinnitus, Constable McGahan is assigned the night shift of a police information van in the inner-western Melbourne suburb of Sunshine, where he encounters the traumatized members of the local community, including Lucky Phil, a mentally handicapped man, and Dean Stouritis, the fiance of the slain woman.
At the same time, the film explores the fear Lavinia experiences after the horrific events she witnessed. Although she escapes with her life, the police are unsatisfied with her statements and accuse her of holding back information. Lavinia is further traumatized when she realizes that the killer has stolen a portrait that can be used to identify her. The police try to reassure her of her safety, but a man she identified in a police lineup easily tracks her down and tries to intimidate her. After Lavinia angrily confronts him and explains her situation, he apologizes and gives her a ride back to her house.
After McGahan blows off the concerns of Craig Finlay, a profane racist, Finlay ambushes McGahan and opens fire on the van with a shotgun. Finlay also kills a passing motorist while hunting McGahan, who escapes through a window. The crashed car's horn cancels out McGahan's tinnitus, and he hears Finlay approaching him. McGahan kills Finlay, though he is shot and wounded. After he rescues a baby from the car, McGahan collapses, though the film leaves his ultimate fate unresolved.
- Brendan Cowell as Graham McGahan
- Maia Thomas as Lavinia Smart
- Fiona Macleod as Melanie Ryan
- Nicholas Bell as Noel Birchall
- Katie Wall as Caitlin Robinson, Graham's girlfriend
- Henry Nixon as Craig Finlay
- Simon Laherty as Lucky Phil
- Luke Elliot as Dean Stouritis
Tinnitus was chosen for its inescapability and to emphasise themes of isolation. Matthew Seville begun writing the script after the Port Arthur Massacre in August 1997. He states that he was fascinated by the country's resilience following their grief. The film faced commercial issues: it was designed to be difficult to categorize, unknown actors were chosen for casting, and a distinctly Australian voice made foreign distribution difficult. Seville, however, wanted to remain honest and uncompromising in his script.
Noise premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. It received a limited release in Australia on 3 May 2007 and grossed $869,107 at the box office. It was released on DVD on 10 October 2007.
Margaret Pomeranz gave the film four and a half stars out of five and David Stratton four out of five on At the Movies. Paul Brynes of the Sydney Morning Herald rated it 3.5/4 stars and called it "an impressive debut, a serious, fresh, surprising film by a writer-director with plenty on his mind." Jake Wilson of The Age rated it 3.5/5 stars and wrote that Saville "demonstrates considerable reserves of dry wit." Russell Edwards of Variety called the film "a slickly executed experiment full of sound and fury, signifying nothing more than technical prowess."
It was nominated for nine Australian Film Institute Awards—Best Film, Best Director for Matthew Saville, Best Actor for Brendan Cowell, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Original Music Score, Best Production Design, and winning Best Sound.
It was nominated for four Australian Screen Sound Guild Awards – Feature Film Soundtrack of the Year, Best Achievement in Sound for Film Sound Recording and won Best Achievement in Sound for Film Sound Mixing and Best Achievement in Sound for Film Sound Design.
It was nominated for the Awgie Award of the Australian Writers' Guild.
For the Australian Film Critics Association, it won the Best Film, Best Director for Matthew Saville, Best Actor for Brendan Cowell, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Music Score Awards and was nominated for Best Screenplay. Australian Film Critics Association Chairman Peter Krausz said Noise was voted the best film by the AFCA membership because it stepped outside the norm for Australian films.
At the Inside Film Awards, it won the Best Editing and Best Sound and was nominated for Best Director for Matthew Saville, Best Actor for Brendan Cowell and Best Music.
It won a Special Mention at the Leeds International Film Festival. It was also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.
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