What's on at National Media Museum - Culture Shock
Director: Alice Lowe. Starring: Alice Lowe, Kate Dickie, Jo Hartley, Gemma Whelan. UK 2016. 87 mins.
About to become a single mother for reasons that are gradually, tantalisingly revealed, heavily pregnant Ruth (Lowe) seeks to wreak revenge on those she deems responsible for her situation – and revenge in this case means a series of grisly murders, all firmly encouraged by the eerie voice of her unborn baby. These include despatching a creepy pet shop owner (Dan Skinner, High-Rise), a DJ seducer who vomits into his Afro wig (Tom Davis), and a prickly businesswoman (The Witch’s Kate Dickie, joyously cast against type) who turns down Ruth’s job application. Written and directed by Alice Lowe, Prevenge has some of the dark humour of Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers, in which she co-starred, and a lot more of the not-so-casual violence. It’s an assured low-budget debut.
Director: George Miller.
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult. Australia 2015. 120 mins.
Ditching the vibrant colours of the 2015 cinema release, this black-and-white version is director George Miller’s preferred vision of his post-apocalyptic world, set chronologically between Mad Max and The Road Warrior.
Max Rockatansky (Hardy) joins a band of renegades fleeing across the wastelands, led by elite Imperator Furiosa (Theron). Furiosa is hell-bent on crossing the desert in her War Rig truck to reach sanctuary in her childhood homeland. They’re hotly and viciously pursued by the warlord Immortan Joe (franchise alumnus Hugh Keays-Byrne) and his ruthless followers, including the fearsome convoy driver Nux (Hoult).
Nominated for an impressive ten Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography, this is an awesome, pyrotechnic epic.