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Little Fish - Preview

Preview by: Jack Foley

CATE Blanchett returns to Australian film-making for the first time in eight years to appear in Little Fish, the second film from Rowan Woods, the acclaimed director of The Boys.

The film opened the recent Melbourne International Film Festival to considerable acclaim and is said to provide the ever-reliable actress with another powerhouse performance.

She plays a former heroin addict who suddenly finds her past coming back to haunt her in increasingly dramatic circumstances after becoming reunited with old friends and relationships.

The film was inspired by a short film the director, Woods, put together in 1994, called Tran the Man - which marked his graduation film at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.


It focused on a security guard at a shopping centre who is placed under pressure after becoming involved in a heroin deal.

Writer, Jacquelin Perske, developed the script and took it in very different directions, incorporating 'an unusual love story' into the mix.

Speaking about the film in his native Australia, Woods describes it as 'an unnaturally Shakespearean suburban tragedy'.

While he describes the process of working with Blanchett as 'magical', especially in the way she 'adds dimensions to a scene - a moment, an expression on her face, a trait or a reaction'.

Critics who caught the film in Melbourne were very impressed.

Hollywood Reporter, for instance, concluded its review by stating: "Confrontational, raw and always compelling, Little Fish is a film of rare power and conviction."

Aside from Blanchett, the film boasts a stellar cast including Sam Neill, Hugo Weaving and Martin Henderson.

It certainly sounds as though it's one to look out for.

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