13 February 2011

The Dinner Party at Dendy

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Brendan Sloane has sent the following email through which I think will be helpful:

Hi All

Due to increasing demand for people to see this film on the big screen, THE DINNER PARTY will start screening at Dendy Canberra starting on Monday the 21 February (See attached flyer). A big thanks to Kathryn Craig and Sean at Dendy who have made these screenings possible by shifting times to accommodate us in ‘Oscar Season’…… God help us!

Please call the following number to ensure a seat:

(02) 6221 8900

6:45pm Monday 21 February
6:45pm Wednesday 23 February

Given we have been slotted into programming so quickly, calling is the only way to book. Thanks again to the team at NFSA – you can pass future calls onto Dendy now!

Kind Regards

Brendan Sloane

For those not in the know this is a locally made feature film based losely on local events. (the death of Joe Cinque at the hands of Anu Singh)

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The Dinner Party will be screened again on Monday 28 February 6.45 pm. Go see it!

It’s great to see a film set in Canberra – beautifully shot and very Inner North, with the locations juxtaposing student-guvvie-grunge and a glabrous middle-market bland setting for poor “Joel” and “Angela King(h)” . I spotted the former Front co-owner among the extras.

Great to hear Fire on the Hill and other Canberra bands as the soundtrack.

My only beef with the film was that the lead actress overacted throughout – but while that detracted from the experience it didn’t wreck it for me.

Highly recommended!

(I’m still confronted that those 1997 dinner party guests are practising law in Australia and were never named).

RIP Joe Cinque

I saw the dinner party at Dendy last night and really enjoyed it. Magnet-mart-man said a few words before the film and also mentioned that because the screenings were a near sell out, Dendy will have more screenings after this week. So go see it if you get a chance.

Most of the film is shot inside a townhouse but there are a few scenes out and about with the front cafe, the junkie flats, Braddon’s big yellow bus, and (I think) Glebe park which I got a bit of a thrill from seeing on a big screen. The eerie music was a great choice to suck you into the building suspense and the last 40 minutes or so were emotionally charged and, I found, quite intense (esp the OD-ing scenes) . Lara Cox did an excellent job of portraying the character ‘Angela’ (Anu) and was mesmerising to watch.

And always in the back of my mind was the thought that these events happened right here in Canberra.

Something I’m not sure fits well is the promotional poster that was chosen for the advertising. My fellow movie goer went into the film thinking it was to be a comedy or a piss take of the story based on the poster, don’t be fooled, it wasn’t.
Highly recommended viewing.

All reports are this film is great, Congrats to Brendan on getting a local made one up on the big screen!

I phoned (Sunday 5 pm) to book & pay – Dendy manager on duty knew nothing about it. Said to phone back on Tuesday …

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