Premiere: The Way, Way Back
It’s a festive month in Sydney with Vivid Sydney and Sydney Film Festival. Sydney Film Festival is one of the world’s longest-running film festivals, and is a major event on the NSW cultural calendar. The 12-day festival screens feature films, documentaries, short films and animation from around the world in venues across the city including the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Opera Quays.
Last Wednesday I went to the Australian Premiere of The Way, Way Back at the State Theatre. Special guest of the night was one of film’s stars Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine, United States of Tara). Toni posed for some photos and inside caught up with Steve Carell, who unfortunately skipped the photos on the red carpet but introduced the film together with Toni inside the State Theatre.
Steve was already in town for the Australian Premiere of Despicable Me 2 the day before at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction where he walked the red carpet with Miranda Cosgrove and some of his character’s Minions.
Other guests on the red carpet this evening included Simon Burke, Gigi Edgely and Dan Wyllie.
Toni Collette, Simon Burke, Benedict Wall, Akira Isogawa, Dan Wyllie and Gigi Edgely
Funny, smart and uplifting, The Way, Way Back is a well-crafted coming-of-age comedy with winning performances by a stellar cast. Fourteen-year-old Duncan (Liam James) is forced to spend the summer vacation with his mother Pam (Toni Collette), her condescending boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell) and his mean-girl daughter. Constantly humiliated, Duncan struggles until he meets Owen (Sam Rockwell, in arguably his best performance), the manager of a somewhat dishevelled Water Wizz water park.
Rebellious, relaxed, and very funny, Owen pokes fun at Duncan, but at the same time gives him the confidence to stand up for himself and find his place in the world.
Directors Jim Rash and Nat Faxon are the Oscar®-winning writers of The Descendents and both accomplished actors themselves – Rash in “Community” and Faxon in “Ben and Kate”. Here they have made a heartwarming, inspiring and hilarious film.
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