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REVIEW – The Dinner Party (2009)

September 2, 2010

Videovista have my review of Scott Murden’s The Dinner Party, an Australian psychological thriller.

Though rather unyielding in tone (it contains no changes in tempo or plot twists that might vary the mood or allow the degree of tension to vary), the film contains a really insightful commentary on the potential of friendship, love and politeness to enable the worst kinds of transgressive behaviour.  In essence, the film is an assault on the glaze of consent and agreement that we apply to all of our social interactions.

Nice to see an Australian film filtering through to UK release too.

One Comment
  1. September 12, 2010 8:51 pm

    Thanks Jonathan.
    So nice to read a review that talks about the ideas and themes we attempted to present.
    We shot it in 12 days for no money before finding some cash and support to finish it and never thought we’d get as far as we have.
    Thanks again.
    Best,
    Scott
    PS there’s a fun low brow commentary on the DVD.

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