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:: One Perfect Day

One of the actors in this film, Nathan Phillips, told me over twelve months ago to watch out for this film because it would be something from which we can all gain. He was very enthusiastic about the film and the fact that was fortunate to have a role. Now, with all this anticipation, reality has struck and it doesn’t let down. There are positive messages to be gained and it’s definitely thought provoking.

Built around the dance music scene, laced with the influences of drugs, peer pressure, and thumping rhythms, One Perfect Day has a stylised and sparkling look. We meet Tommy Matisse (Dan Spielman) who is in London having training in classical music as a violinist and composer, and he plans something revolutionary in terms of opera. His sister Emma (Abbie Cornish) dies in Melbourne after being coaxed into a harmful substance that results in an overdose. Tommy returns to seek some answers to the death and tries to rekindle his life in music and with ex-girlfriend Alysse (Leanna Walsman).

Tommy discovers a CD that his late sister made for him and dives into the world of DJ-ing. He tries to find a musical vision. With her own talents as a singer, Alysse becomes embroiled in the goings-on of the nightclub scene, especially the ambitions of club owner Hector Lee (Andrew Howard). His young offsider Trig (Nathan Phillips) is also besotted with Alysse.

Though tinged with sad moments, this is an ambitious and generally uplifting film about dance culture that should be seen by wide audiences. It has that “follow your dream” theme and how to rise above the implications of tragedies. This is director Paul Currie’s debut in feature films and he shows a verve and enthusiasm in telling the stories behind people who are involved in the dance culture.

Much effort went into the soundtrack and the results are terrific. Big name dance artists were organised to come in and have their work on it. The soundscape of beats and the earlier classical work shows the magic that music lends to a film. Listen out for music by Lamb, Groove Armada, PaulMac, Orbital, Fatboy Slim, Josh Abrahams, plus the title track sung by talented Melbourne singer Lydia Denker.

Overall, the good balance of portraying the dance scene is well stated by the director. The acting is generally very good and the dynamic energy of the film ensures a look. Recommended viewing.

Screening on general release.

A study guide has been prepared for use in schools. The idea of director Paul Currie was to make these good and bad points of dance culture accessible for young people in order to be discussed and analysed. It gives students thoughts about choices and consequences in life’s journey.

The study guide was put together by the Australian Teachers of Media and includes a synopsis, an exploration of the film’s characters, and curriculum links.

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