June 10, 2011

Living Between Fucks Australian Premiere Via MCA, by Eva Rinaldi - 10th June 2011

Alex Munt is the director, producer and screenwriter of this flick, and a very solid effort it is.

It's based on a novel by Cry Bluxsome with a raunchy cover 'Living Between Fucks'.

Last night the film's stars, Septimus Caton, Bianca Chiminello and April Rose Pengilly did the red carpet at the State Theatre in Sydney, and tonight they were back at Sydney's Museum Of Contemporary Art.

The story is about a writer named Goodchild who is played by Toby Schmitz, who comes back home for the funeral of his ex-girlfriend, who is called the Dead Girl, played by Gracie Otto. She's quite the femme fatale and works in advertising. Love, loss, desperation - relationship ups and downs...that's what to expect.

Murmurs say the film was done for around $25,000 which may make it the cheapest in the festival, but its not cheap and nasty, and is stimulating and mighty entertaining. It also features some music, namely 'Sugar' by Kids At Risk Septimus Caton is frontman. Septimus' hairstyle is quite different from him famous fathers, and we're pleased to report that some of Michael's talent has rubbed off on his son.

Alex Munt's highly-stylised 'pop art film' is based on the novel Living Between Fucks by Cry Bloxsome, from which it draws much of its scathingly funny voice-over narration. 

Paris-based writer Goodchild (Toby Schmitz) returns to Sydney for the funeral of his ex-girlfriend The Dead Girl (Gracie Otto) and starts going nuts - personality disorder kind of stuff. He becomes entangled with the good looking bean counter and financial backer (Bianca Chiminello), who commissions him to write The Love Enterprise - a piece of corporate branding masquerading as Beat poetry. 

Goodchild starts doing the party hard thing interviewing people he encounters on the journey. Producer Andrew Soo's cadent editing style is musically complemented by local bands that appear live in the film - Teenagers in Tokyo, Tennis (now Tortoiseshell), Fergus Brown - and contribute prominently to the soundtrack, together with Kids at Risk, whose frontman Septimus Caton plays Cash in the film.

A special thanks to Emma from the Sydney Film Festival who was most helpful tonight, along with Jo from Studio Channel, as seen on Foxtel, and Septimus for the chat on camera and for being a sport with photos. Scoop: be watching or listening for Septimus in animation blockbuster 'Happy Feet'.

LBF is proof that the renewed focus on supporting Australian films and the arts in general, is a worthwhile investment.