Jindabyne (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2006

Jindabyne 2006

Directed by Ray Lawrence

Ray Lawrence’s follow-up to Lantana is a powerful psychological drama that envelops four men and their families after they discover a murdered woman’s body on a fishing trip.

123 minutes CinemaScope

Director

Screenplay

Beatrix Christian. Based on the short story ‘So Much Water Close To Home’ by Raymond Carver

Photography

David Williamson

Editor

Karl Sodersten

Music

Paul Kelly
,
Dan Luncombe

With

Laura Linney
,
Gabriel Byrne
,
Deborra-lee Furness
,
John Howard
,
Leah Purcell
,
Stelios Yiakmis

Festivals

Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight) 2006

Elsewhere

Ray Lawrence’s powerful follow-up to Lantana comes loaded with praise from its première at Cannes. Like the earlier film, it’s a richly populated psychological drama with a mysterious death at its centre. Lawrence based his film on a short story by Raymond Carver (which Altman also used in Short Cuts) about four men on a fishing trip who find the body of a murdered woman – and carry on fishing. He uses the fallout from their behaviour to explore the fissures within a small community and examine the painful rifts between these men and the women in their lives. Heading a superb cast, Gabriel Byrne and Laura Linney are perfectly paired as an imperfectly matched couple. The malaise so vividly dramatised here is loaded: in John Howard’s ‘relaxed and comfortable’ Australia, not apologising for bad stuff you can’t change is upheld as the plain common sense of the ordinary bloke. — BG

“A stunning Australian film... The movie is impeccably acted and its narrative progression superbly managed by Lawrence: for Rover two hours, I was on the edge of my seat.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian