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Criticising the (film) critic

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I went to see the new Australian film The Dressmaker last week. It’s a great film – funny, insightful and a beautifully filmed.

Importantly it is empowering to women of all shapes and sizes – not the usual oppressive Hollywood scarecrows with silicone inserts.

Rarely have I seen an audience applaud at the end of the film as they did in Byron Bay last Wednesday night.

A little suspension of disbelief, as with The Grand Budapest Hote’, and you’ll have a great time.

Then I read John Campbell’s scathing review in Echonetdaily earlier this month. ‘Excruciating’, ‘Not remotely funny’ et al. He didn’t bother mentioning Judy Davis’s masterful comedic performance nor Don McApine’s magnificent cinematography.

John, you’re way out of touch with your audience. This is the highest opening Australian film ever  and has been nominated for more AACTA (AFI) awards than Mad Max: Fury Road.

Don’t bag a great Australian movie just in the hope of being noticed. The people love this film, it’s a hoot. Keep your negativity to yourself – and lighten up.

Charles Boyle, Durrumbul


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