The familiar tale of young singles attempting to find love and kickstart careers gets an energetic spin in “All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane.” Short and snappy Aussie romantic comedy is brightly performed and speaks universal truths about those twentysomethings from smaller cities who feel they have to go somewhere else to make it. World preemed at the Brisbane fest, helmer Louise Alston’s debut should connect with target auds on Nov. 15 domestic release and has modest offshore tube and ancillary claims.

Stuck in a boring office job and lacking direction, Anthea (Charlotte Gregg) figures she may as well quit Brisbane and head to London, the traditional rites-of-passage destination for young Aussies. Urging her not to blindly follow the pack is long-term platonic friend Michael (Matt Zeremes), who’s drifting along in a rut of his own. Path from here to the duo’s ultimate coupling contains no major surprises, but gets by nicely on the strength of frisky thesping, quirky scripting and Alston’s confident control of tone and pacing. Ultra-low-budgeter is very well served by the warm palette and creative compositions of lenser Judd Overton. Rest of tech contributions are fine.

All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane


  • Production: An Accent Film Entertainment release of an Australian Film Commission production, in association with Bunker Prods. Intl. (International sales: Bunker Prods. Intl., Brisbane.) Produced by Jade van der Lei, Louise Alston. Directed by Louise Alston. Screenplay, Steven Vagg.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Judd Overton; editor, Nicola Scarrott; music, Caitlin Yeo; production designer, Hayley Egan. Reviewed at Brisbane Film Festival (Australian Cinema), Aug. 9, 2007. Running time: 78 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Charlotte Gregg, Matt Zeremes, Cindy Nelson, Gyton Grantley, Romany Lee, Sarah Kennedy, Ryan Johnson.
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