In his atmospheric debut film, Simon Stone whittles down The Wild Duck into a cautionary tale about welcoming home an emotional exile. While stage adaptations of Henrik Ibsen’s tragicomedy often emphasize its farcical elements, Stone sticks to tragedy in his naturalistic version.
The debut feature of Australian theater director Rosemary Myers and playwright Matthew Whittet plays like the love child of Jane Campion and Guy Maddin, an otherworldly quinceañera that celebrates female rites of passage and the hallucinatory power of film.
Vashti and Andy Whitfield first appear in the documentary Be Here Now as the vigorous embodiment of positive thinking. Life coach Vashti uses the motivational language of personal power to describe her actor-husband’s career pinnacle, playing the title character in Spartacus: Blood and Sand.