Little Fish (film)


Little Fish (film)

Infobox Film
name = Little Fish


caption = "Little Fish" film poster
director = Rowan Woods
writer = Jacqueline Perske
starring = Cate Blanchett
Sam Neill
Hugo Weaving
producer = Vincent Sheehan
Liz Watts
Richard Keddie
editing = Alexandre de Franceschi
John Scott
distributor = First Look Pictures Releasing
budget =
released = 8 September 2005 (Australia)
runtime = 114 min.
language = English, Vietnamese
imdb_id = 0382810

"Little Fish" is a 2005 Australian film directed by Rowan Woods. It was filmed in and around Sydney, in Cabramatta and in Fairfield.

Plot

Little Fish is about Tracy Heart (Cate Blanchett), a former heroin addict who is desperately trying to escape her past and achieve her goals and dreams. Tracy lives with her mother (Noni Hazlehurst) and brother in "little Saigon" area (Cabramatta) in Sydney, Australia, where heroin is readily available. She is in need of money to become a partner in the video store that she works in, but her loan applications are repeatedly rejected by finance providers, as a result of her past criminal record, history of drug use and lack of collateral. Tracy is trying to help her drug addicted stepfather Lionel (Hugo Weaving) to kick his heroin addiction. After a four year absence in Vancouver, her former boyfriend Jonny Nguyen (Dustin Nguyen), also a former heroin addict, has come back into her life. Jonny, who now dresses in business suits, claims to have employment as a stockbroker at a large firm and suggests he may be able to obtain the money Tracy desires through share trading. The romance between Tracy and Jonny is rekindled. Upon visiting Jonny's alleged workplace, Tracy discovers Jonny has lied to her and is not in fact employed as a stockbroker. Jonny has become involved in a drug deal with her brother Ray and Tracy also chooses to become involved in the deal as she sees this as the only means of providing the finance she needs to become a partner in the video store. Tracy, Ray and Jonny set out to execute the deal, which ends in tragedy. Tracy's courage and deep love for those she cares about are notable in the climactic scenes of the film.

Cast

*Cate Blanchett-Tracy Heart
*Hugo Weaving-Lionel Dawson
*Sam Neill-Brad "The Jockey" Thompson
*Dustin Nguyen-Jonny Nguyen
*Noni Hazlehurst-Janelle Heart
*Martin Henderson-Ray Heart
*Joel Tobeck-Steven Moss
*Lisa McCune-Laura
*Susie Porter-Jenny Moss
*Nina Liu-Mai
*Linda Cropper-Denise Thompson
*Daniela Farinacci-Donna
*Ferdinand Hoang-Khiem
*Anh Do-Tran
*Jason Chong-Mingh
*Alex Cook-Young Tracy

Reception

The film received mostly positive critical reviews with 85 percent of freshness in Rotten Tomatoes. Critics admired this film for its script and the actors' performances. The critic Liz Braun said "Little Fish" has beautifully understated performances and a script that emphasizes the mundane and the manipulative in the addict's world." Owen Gleiberman from "Entertainment Weekly" praised it mostly for its great acting performance saying "The actors are terrific, especially Weaving, who plays bottoming out as a tragedy spiked with gallows humor, and Blanchett, who digs deep into the booby-trapped nature of recovery. The revelation, however, is Rowan Woods, a major filmmaker in the making."

Awards

The film was nominated for 13 Australian Film Institute Awards in 2005, and won five awards including Best Actor (Hugo Weaving), Best Actress (Cate Blanchett), Best Supporting Actress (Noni Hazlehurst), and Best Editing.

It also won several Inside Film Awards, including Best Actress (Cate Blanchett), Best Actor (Hugo Weaving), and Best Sound.

oundtrack

The film's soundtrack features two versions of the song "Flame Trees", as well as original tunes composed by Nathan Larson.

Tracklisting

1. Flame Trees - Sarah Blasko
2. Little Fish Theme
3. A Place in the Sun - Hoodoo Gurus
4. Pool Love
5. Con Mua Ha - Mylinh Dinh
6. Half Speed Love
7. Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart - Bic Runga
8. I Can't Score For You
9. Flame Trees - The Sacred Heart School, Cabramatta
10. Little Fish Theme (Redux)
11. Ban Toi - The Enterprise Band featuring Hoang Son
12. Lionel Requiem
13. End Credits

ee also

*List of Australian films

External links

* [http://www.littlefishmovie.com/ Official site]
*imdb title|id=0382810|title=Little Fish
*rotten-tomatoes|id=1157387|title=Little Fish
* [http://colsearch.nfsa.afc.gov.au/nfsa/search/display/display.w3p;adv=yes;group=;groupequals=;holdingType=;page=0;parentid=;query=Number%3A672897;querytype=;rec=0;resCount=10 Little Fish at the National Film and Sound Archive]


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