You be the judge
FACE TO FACE Director: Michael Rymer ( Angel Baby) Stars: Vince Colosimo, Luke Ford, Matthew Newton, Laura Gordon, Sigrid Thornton Look. Listen. Learn.
HERE’S what they call ‘‘ a tough sell’’ – an Australian movie where people sit around in a community hall and talk about their problems for 90 minutes. Yet Face to Face keeps finding a way to rise above most viewers’ worst expectations.
Adapted from a work by veteran Australian playwright David Williamson ( Don’s Party ), the film verbally rakes over the coals of a fiery workplace dispute.
At the invitation of an independent mediator ( Matthew Newton), all interested parties have pulled up a chair to present their perspective on the matter. It is a messy one. Scaffolding apprentice Wayne ( Luke Ford) believes he was wrongfully sacked by his boss Greg ( Vince Colosimo) and wants his job back.
Greg is not about to go back on his decision. Most would say rightfully so. After all, Wayne later went after him in a bizarre road rage incident that almost broke his neck.
However, once the verbal pyrotechnics ignite, we learn there was a lot going on at Greg’s business that was anything but businesslike.
In an atmosphere rife with bullying, bigotry and bad leadership, a meltdown like Wayne’s was almost guaranteed to happen. Almost. With the ensemble cast all instinctively attuned to Williamson’s clever contrasting of the realities on the factory floor with the delusions of head office, Face to Face stares down any doubters with pure intent.