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Deeper Than Blue

A pair of lonely people are brought together when they become involved with the case of an amnesiac boy in "Deeper Than Blue," a small-scale, uneven, film that, despite the presence of name actors Colin Friels and Genevieve Picot, will have difficulty finding a theatrical berth.

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With: Colin Friels, Genevieve Picot, Bruce Myles, Robert Taylor, Kate Whitbread.

A pair of lonely people are brought together when they become involved with the case of an amnesiac boy in “Deeper Than Blue,” a small-scale, uneven, film that, despite the presence of name actors Colin Friels and Genevieve Picot, will have difficulty finding a theatrical berth. Television slotting is more likely, with a modest video shelf life in the offing, and limited international exposure.

An injured boy, bound and gagged, emerges from the trunk of a crashed car; the driver, his kidnapper, is dead. The amnesiac child is hospitalized, and during the following hours the cop in charge of the case (Friels), and the boy’s nurse (Picot), form an attachment. The cop is divorced and misses his kids, while the nurse lives with her recently widowed father (Bruce Myles) who’s in the early stages of dementia and is haunted by the ghosts of his late wife (producer Kate Whitbread) and her first husband (Robert Taylor). These visitation scenes are by far the least successful elements of first-time feature director Sandra Sciberras’ screenplay, and though the film is efficiently made, evidently on the slimmest of budgets, it’s crucially lacking in emotional charge.

Deeper Than Blue

Australia

Production: A Max's Dreaming P/L production. (International sales: Max's Dreaming P/L, Melbourne.) Produced by Kate Whitbread. Executive producer, Henry Sciberras. Directed, written by Sandra Sciberras.

Crew: Camera (color), Greg Parish; editor, Martin Fox; music, Adam Whitbread; production designer, Joseph Keily; costume designer, Emma Hamilton. Reviewed at Sydney Film Festival, June 8, 2003. Running time: 75 MIN.

With: With: Colin Friels, Genevieve Picot, Bruce Myles, Robert Taylor, Kate Whitbread.

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