Wednesday, 12 January 2011

20 for 2011: 17 - Eye of the Storm

Choppy waters ahead for our number 17 the deathbed drama The Eye of the Storm.

It's hard to believe but that's Charlotte Rampling under the make-up front and centre of this antipodean adaptation of the Patrick White novel. She plays an elderly matriach coming to the end of her life, losing control of her estate to her grasping children Geoffrey Rush (he's got a good year coming) and Judy Davis whilst remembering the times gone past when she was the centre of Australian good society.

The novel is both a epic battle against death being fought by the central character and a Chehkovian satirical drama as the staff and famiy within this grand mansion interact and say nothing of substance. Whatever the film is I'm hooked.


Anonymous said...

Am trying to finish the novel before the film is released, and am worried from the trailer that they are going to ruin a good book

Runs Like A Gay said...

Thanks for the heads up about the trailer. Looks like it's going for the dark comedy angle. Must read the book to see how it gels with the source material.