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Travelling Light (2003)

Not Rated | | Drama | 11 September 2003 (Australia)
Leanne "Pia Miranda" is training to be a teacher in 1971 Adelaide, but she is more interested in seeing life through the lens of her camera. To make matters worse, she has to suffer the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pia Miranda Pia Miranda ... Leanne Ferris
Sacha Horler Sacha Horler ... Bronwyn White
Brett Stiller ... Lou Bonetti
Tim Draxl ... Gary Wilkins
Marshall Napier ... Don Ferris
Heather Mitchell Heather Mitchell ... Betty Ferris
Tamblyn Lord Tamblyn Lord ... Brian White
Kestie Morassi ... Rhonda
Anna Torv ... Debra Fowler
David Mealor David Mealor ... Ross Simpson
Simon Burke ... Ray Sugars
Joanne Priest ... Dee Gregory
Phyllis Burford Phyllis Burford ... Maisie
Audrey Stern Audrey Stern ... Mrs. Jones (as Audrie Stern)
Chrissie Page ... Mrs. Wilkins (as Christina Page)
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Storyline

Leanne "Pia Miranda" is training to be a teacher in 1971 Adelaide, but she is more interested in seeing life through the lens of her camera. To make matters worse, she has to suffer the indignities of living at home with her parents "Heather Mitchell and Marshall Napier". Her older sister Bronwyn "Sacha Horler" is finding it difficult to adjust to married life in remote Yallaroo with her husband Brian "Tamblyn Lord" and runs away. Then, visiting American hip poet Lou "Brett Stiller" comes to town, urging all to 'seek out the light'.The younger generation embraces the challenge enthusiastically, and Leanne's neighbor Gary "Tim Draxl" and her friend Debra "Anna Torv", are drawn to Lou. Written by Pavel Savinkin

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 2003 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Travelling Lite See more »

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Toi Toi Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Pointlessly nasty, or just pointless? Hard to tell, hard to care.
18 March 2004 | by SpleenSee all my reviews

least, she stood out the front bravely enough BEFORE we'd all seen the film, and presumably stuck around for the screening itself, although I don't blame her if she didn't – and her mere presence at the screening made me curiously reluctant to say anything bad about her film. But then I come here and read someone actually PRAISING this valueless work and my reluctance vanished.

Barring comments on Sacha Horler's performance, which I suppose is up to her usual high standards (not that that it's easy to tell in a film like this), the nicest thing that can be truthfully said about the film is that it accurately conveys what it was like to live in suburban Adelaide in the 1970s ... to people who lived in suburban Adelaide in the 1970s. And if you think THAT'S an artistic achievement of any worth, you obviously haven't thought very much.

We do manage to gather that suburban Adelaide wasn't a very pleasant place back then. Everything looked sterile, and every single person who ever said anything, said it in the context of a sterile conversation. What it's like to LIVE in this impossibly bleak and mind-numbing environment, it's hard to say; there's nothing human about the film, so watching it gives us no means of telling. What it's like to sit through 88 minutes of flat conversations flatly acted in flatly lit flat settings, though, is obvious enough. It's boring. Or if not boring, AT BEST irksome. It's not as though the individually tedious scenes ever connect with one another, to produce something more than the effect of very many of them in succession.


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