Noise (2007 Australian film)
|Directed by||Matthew Saville|
|Produced by||Trevor Blainey|
|Written by||Matthew Saville|
|Music by||Bryony Marks|
|Editing by||Geoff Hitchins|
|Distributed by||Madman Entertainment (Australia)
Film Movement (US)
|Release dates||3 May 2007(Australia)|
|Running time||108 minutes|
Noise is an acclaimed 2007 Australian film written and directed by director Matthew Saville and produced by Trevor Blainey. The film stars Brendan Cowell, Henry Nixon, Luke Elliot, Katie Wall, Maia Thomas and Nicholas Bell. The film's music is by Bryony Marks, and the distinctive sound design is by Emma Bortignon.
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 (Maia Thomas), a young woman who boarded the train shortly after the murders, and police Constable Graham McGahan (Brendan Cowell), who is afflicted with increasingly severe tinnitus. Constable McGahan mans 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. Furthermore, the film explores the fear Lavinia is experiencing after the horrific events she witnessed.
Graham McGahan's tinnitus and his duties in the caravan can be seen as exemplifications of isolation. He is emotionally isolated by his tinnitus and physically isolated by being in the caravan. As the director and write Matthew Saville states in an interview with Margaret Pomeranz for ABC's At the Movies, the film exemplifies the Australian character, especially the isolated nature of it. Centred on the grieving community in the western suburb of Sunshine, Constable McGahan engages with the members and begins to realise his potential as a police officer and as a man. The film deals with the concept of tragedy and the response to this whilst exploring the idea of vulnerability, fear and the realisation of personal strength.
Awards and reviews
Noise was met with critical acclaim.
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 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, 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. "I think because it was such an unusual film in many respects; it stood out from all the other Australian films this year because of its very strong storyline, because it was very well directed indeed, the performance by Brendan Cowell, and it went against the grain of what is regarded as a typical Australian film."
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.
- The train at the beginning of the film is running on the Lilydale railway line and was shot at Burnley railway station.
- Police information vans are frequently used in Melbourne to solve disappearances and murders.
- In the final scenes, Graham's girlfriend is playing in the police band at the "Carols at Christmas". This event is actually the Melbourne Carols by Candlelight held each year on Christmas Eve.
- The Melway reference given (53 G11) does not give a location in Sunshine South, rather the location of some streetside shops in Altona Meadows. In fact, there is no suburb "Sunshine South", though there is a Sunshine, Sunshine West and Sunshine North. In addition, there is a Young Street in Sunshine West located near streetside shops.
Noise grossed $902,308 at the box office in Australia,.
-  The Age Review of Noise
-  ABC At the Movies Review of Noise
- Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office