Teesh & Trude
- Film Worth:$12.00
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There have been some appalling Australian films lately (with more to come), and Teesh and...
There have been some appalling Australian films lately (with more to come), and Teesh and Trude on the surface looks like yet another lame study of profane losers made on the smell of an oily rag and driven by a script that should never have left some film graduate's hard drive. And the young writer/director team do indeed give us a study of profane losers. But this is also the most caring, emotionally impactful story to come from an Australian production in ages.
Linda Cropper (Blackrock) and Susie Porter (Better Than Sex) play two Perth mates stuck in a grinding cycle of suburban poverty, sour relationships and the seeming inability to rise above it. Despite this, it's essentially a tale of hope - threads of desperation and depression for the two women weave through a single awful day in their lives, and the anticipated redemption comes not with an overly emotive Hollywood-style flourish but rather with a concrete-solid emotional closure grounded in reality. Moments of rich comedy balance the pathos, thanks mostly to a very different role for Peter Phelps, who delivers much of the film's humour.
Teesh & Trude is an example to the rest of the local film scene - it shows what you can do with a fantastic script, powerhouse performances and very little money.