Soldiers shown in vivid colour
THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD (MA15+)
THIS spellbinding documentary by master filmmaker Peter Jackson blends a mesmerising level of cinematic innovation with a disarmingly vivid brand of storytelling that brokers a new understanding of one of history’s darkest conflicts. The ancient black and white footage we all associate with World WarI – scratchy, flickering and sped up due to the cameras of the era – is virtually nowhere to be seen. Thanks to advances in processing technology, that footage is now of the highest quality – crystal clear, full of astonishing detail and free of all staccato, herky-jerky movement. Somewhat audaciously, Jackson has raised the stakes by hand-colouring the footage and then rendering it into 3D. The risks taken pay off in spectacular and gripping fashion. The wildly varying rhythms of a soldier’s life on the battlefields on France – the fixed routines, the unpredictable brutality and the sheer humanity – are captured powerfully and poignantly, with a level of detail that is highly immersive. Opens Sunday. THIS fascinating, moving and well-acted drama focuses on the controversial practice of conversion therapy, in which homosexual youth are shipped off to religiously inclined rehab facilities to “pray the gay away”. Working in writer-director mode, Australian actor Joel Edgerton tackles this complex, hot-button topic with impressive levels of tact, sensitivity and balanced insight. The true story told here is based on the best-selling memoirs of Garrard Conley (played by Lucas Hedges), the gay son of an American Baptist preacher (Russell Crowe). Nicole Kidman is a standout as Garrard’s quietly supportive mum as is the film’s eloquent push for greater acceptance.
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