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.

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies - LEIGH PAATSCH

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.

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