NEWS and REVIEWs
LA FOA FILM FESTIVAL
Fri 29 July 2022
The La Foa Film Festival continues to bring independent cinema to life in the Overseas Territories. For its 24th anniversary, organized from July 22 to 31, the New Caledonian event will take over the dark rooms of La Foa, Nouméa and other partner municipalities (Dumbéa, Boulouparis...). Faithful to its ideal of promoting the “filmmakers of tomorrow”, the festival will welcome Australian director, actress and screenwriter Madeleine Blackwell. After two remarkable short films (Father, Elsewhere), the Australian filmmaker will come to defend her first feature film, Damage (2022). This comedy-drama depicts the encounter between an illegal taxi driver and an old lady with dementia in their deeply human quest to reach a "vague destination".
Madeleine is interviewed at the Festival Premiere for La'Lere FranceTV
Fri May 28 2021
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DAMAGE (RELEASE TBC)
Also a first feature, by Madeleine Blackwell after a long career as a television actress. Produced by Sharon Cleary, Peter Thurmer and Blackwell herself.
Synopsis: This intimate two-hander pairs a couple who, at first glance, appear to be opposites in every way. Old Australia meets new Australia. Ali is not a citizen, he drives a taxi on another man’s license and relies on the GPS to negotiate a city he doesn’t know. Esther is an old woman who gets into his taxi and forgets where she is going. She can’t remember, and he can’t forget the tragedies of his native land that have brought him here.
Wed Oct 14 2020
DAMAGE IS A PORTRAIT OF TWO PEOPLE..... IT IS ALSO A PORTRAIT OF US, NOW.
Filmed in Adelaide with a pair of non-actors – one the director’s own mother, the other an Iraqi asylum seeker – Damage centres on two people who appear to be polar opposites but are thrown together in a taxi journey that changes them both. Madeleine Blackwell wrote the initial script for her first feature film in one night.
A former theatre actor turned director whose credits include several short films, she had been working on a television series with a refugee advocate and felt compelled to create a film inspired by the extraordinary stories she heard.
Noel Purdon, former recipient of the Pascall Prize for Film Criticism.
In the face of all the world’s heartlessness and the pitiless technology which would put human existence under surveillance and deny its will to live, Madeleine Blackwell and her crew have delivered a powerful response. Damage is a poetic film of deep emotions which travels through the night and the rain to find beauty and affinity, bound together by two magnificent performances from Ali Al Jenabi and Imelda Bourke. It is a timely work of global resonance which heralds the triumphant arrival of an important new auteur.
Peter Goers ABC Adelaide 891
"It's Stunning"- Mat Kesting, Adelaide Film Festival Director
" Imelda Bourke the singer, in her film debut at the age of 92 and she is fantastic ...It's a glorious film" Peter Goers. ABC Radio National Adelaide