Friday, April 27, 2007

Everything Goes

2004, Australia, directed by Andrew Kotatko

Andrew Kotatko's work as a music director on a variety of (mostly) Australian films seems to have allowed him excellent networking opportunities that pay off with a fine cast for his first short, including most obviously Hugo Weaving and Abbie Cornish.

The film is an adaptation of the Raymond Carver story Why Don't You Dance?, and while Kotatko changes a few details, including particularly the time of day when the story begins, much of the dialogue is lifted word-for-word from Carver. Hugo Weaving is wonderfully rumpled as a man whose wife has just left, and who decides to put the entire contents of his home up for sale on the front lawn. Kotatko takes the idea of the house reconstituted outside and has much fun with it - more fun than Carver, in truth - while he also makes clever, understated use of computer effects in several shots (including the title shot, pictured here).

The film can be seen online here.


Anonymous said...

Hugo Weaving and Abbie Cornish were excellent in this. "Everything Goes" is a really great little film - much better than the recent feature length version of the same story, "Everything Must Go" (2010) with Will Ferrell.

Gareth said...

I haven't seen the new version - just being released now - but I thought the short was excellent; very atmospheric and memorable. The feature makers don't seem to have given any credit to this short; I wonder if they've even seen it?


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