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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21725

Mr DANBY (1:57 PM) —At the Australian Film Industry awards the film Gettin' Square scooped 12 of the 14 awards. Unfortunately, too few Australians have seen this great new Australian film. The performances by Barry Wirth, Gary Sweet and, above all, David Wenham are something that all Australians should treasure. This is a superb film. The cinematographer, Gary Phillips, is in particular owed great credit, as is the director, Jonathan Teplitzky. The outstanding characteristics of this film are its great sense of humour and its great sense of place. The send-up of the pomposity of some of our criminal justice commissions by David Wenham, who plays a bit of a spaced-out druggie appearing at the Queensland Criminal Justice Commission, is worth seeing just for itself. Unfortunately, this film has been bagged by some of the tabloid journalist reviewers. However, the great film reviewers in Australia, such as Peter Thompson and David Stratton, have given it 4½ stars. All Australians should see this film that has scooped the Australian Film Industry awards before it leaves the big screen.