Thursday, November 17, 2011

Review: The Tall Man

The Tall Man
Dir. Tony Krawitz
Year: 2011
Aus Rating: M15+
Running Time: 80mins

It can be hard for a documentary to be interesting on both an intellectual and technical level. It is especially hard when dealing with a subject such as that explored by The Tall Man, which features mostly talking head style interviews, stock police video and television news footage. Director Tony Krawitz (award winning short feature Jewboy) has done just that though with this evocative and thorough documentary that is just as tense and tightly wound as any Hollywood thriller. With the help of sun-drenched cinematography by Germain McMicking that perfectly juxtaposes the poverty-stricken Aboriginal community with the tropical postcard scenery of Palm Island on which it’s set, as well as intricate, finely tuned sound design, The Tall Man weaves a gripping tale that covers race, class, politics and even love with a filmmaking skill that belies its origins. It’s one of the finest Australian films of the year.

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