Young star on the rise

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES - Now show­ing State Cin­ema Now show­ing State Cin­ema


Tilda Cob­ham- Her­vey, Del Her­bert- Jane. A BRAVE and worth­while ex­per­i­ment pays off for this un­con­ven­tional Aus­tralian drama.

The story cen­tres on a teenage girl ( Tilda Cob­ham- Her­vey) fac­ing the daunt­ing prospect of los­ing a mother and gain­ing a fa­ther in the course of one year.

So it goes when a par­ent com­mits to the ar­du­ous process of gen­der re­as­sign­ment ( or a sex change, in the old par­lance).

The ti­tle refers to the in­trigu­ing shoot­ing style of the pic­ture: film­ing took place just once a week in 2012, with ac­tors not see­ing a script un­til they hit the set.

While this does make for a cer­tain awk­ward­ness in some scenes, the strong au­then­tic­ity of the ex­pe­ri­ences charted here over­rides any weak­nesses.

First- timer Cob­ham- Her­vey is a rev­e­la­tion in a de­mand­ing an­chor­ing role.

A star- mak­ing per­for­mance if ever there was one.


First- timer Tilda Cob­ham- Her­vey stars in the Aussie drama Sharon Stone and Sofia Ver­gara shine in from writer- di­rec­tor John Tur­turro, who also takes the leading of Fio­ra­vante, a newly un­em­ployed florist whose love of women blos­soms into a job most pants­men can only ever dream about.

Tak­ing book­ings and mak­ing things more com­pli­cated than they re­ally should be is his un­of­fi­cial pimp, Mur­ray ( Woody Allen).

In spite of its risque premise, Fad­ing Gigolo is more con­cerned with flut­ters of the heart than mat­ters in the bed­room, and re­mains on the right side of ac­ces­si­ble through­out.

Tur­turro and Allen have a great ca­sual con­ver­sa­tional chem­istry that should si­lence most doubters.

Fad­ing Gigalo. 52 Tues­days, while


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