The Notable Films of 2011: Part Eleven

Say Nothing

Opens: 2011
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer, Felicity Price, Anthony Starr

Director: Kieran Darcy-Smith

Summary: Four Australian friends set out on a Cambodian holiday, only three come back. Dave and Alice return home to their young family desperate for answers about Jeremy’s mysterious disappearance. When Alice’s sister Steph returns not long after, a nasty secret is revealed about the night her boyfriend went missing, and it is only the first of many.

Analysis: Having just wrapped a week ago, this Australian psychological thriller marks the latest effort of Blue Tongue Films, the company behind “The Square” and who had a hand in the success of “Animal Kingdom”. It also marks the feature helming debut of Australian actor Kieran Darcy-Smith who has starred or guest-starred in most Australian TV dramas produced since the mid-90’s along with appearances in both the aforementioned Blue Tongue features along with “Two Hands” and “The Reef”.

Shot on a low $2 million budget in Australia and Cambodia, it’s hard to picture what the tone is yet. This could be a cat-and-mouse mind game piece among its limited cast like last year’s superb British indie “The Disappearance of Alice Creed”. It could be a more conventional mystery thriller, hell it could be some “Turistas”-esque piece of slasher crap. The best guess however is something akin to “The Square”, a clever and interesting little genre piece anchored by solid performances.

The always enjoyable Felicity Price not only stars but co-wrote the script with Darcy-Smith while rising Aussie in Hollywood actress Teresa Palmer and New Zealand actor Antony Starr fill in the supporting roles. The main star is Joel Edgerton whose story is a rather curious one. Getting his start on the Australian TV and film scene back in the late 90’s, he lead a solid but not particularly remarkable career and attempts to make him a leading man like “The Night We Called It a Day,” “The Hard Word” and “Kinky Boots” never seemed to click.

A few years ago however something seemed to change. He lost weight, he started picking more challenging roles in darker and smarter projects. He surprised everyone with his great stage turn in “A Streetcar Named Desire” alongside Cate Blanchett, and he started getting into filmmaking behind-the-scenes with his brother. In a few years he’s changed the local industry’s perception of him, maturing into someone who seems more dedicated and serious about his craft. His attempted in-roads into Hollywood also look like more of a sure bet than minor “Star Wars” prequel cameos and that deeply flawed “King Arthur” reinvention.

As for this? Right now it’s too early to tell. The elements are there for something interesting and hopefully intense, but without any footage and only two unrevealing photos, there’s not much to say. The choice of Cambodia as a location rather than a more familiar Aussie tourist drawcard such as Thailand or Bali, is one that should pay dividends as it’s truly beautiful countryside with both a dark history and breathtaking vistas around the ruins of Angkor Wat.

The Complete Notable Films of 2011 Guide

Part One: 5 Days of August, 11-11-11, 13 Assassins, 30 Minutes or Less, Abduction, The Adjustment Bureau, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Albert Nobbs, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Amigo, Anonymous, Apollo 18, The Apparition, Arthur, Arthur Christmas, Atlas Shrugged: Part One, Bad Teacher, Barney’s Version, Battle: Los Angeles, Beastly

Part Two: The Beaver, Beginners, Bel Ami, Bernie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son, The Big Year, Black Gold, Blackthorn, The Black Tulip, Blitz, Born to Be a Star, The Borrower Arrietty, Bridesmaids, Brighton Rock, Butter, The Cabin in the Woods, Caesar: Rise of the Apes, Captain America: The First Avenger, Cars 2

Part Three: Catch .44, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Cedar Rapids, Ceremony, Certified Copy, Chalet Girl, The Change-Up, Clean Skin, The Cold Light of Day, Cold Weather, Colombiana, Conan the Barbarian, The Conspirator, Contagion, The Convincer, Coriolanus, Courageous, Cowboys and Aliens, Crazy Stupid Love, The Cup

Part Four: Damsels in Distress, A Dangerous Method, The Darkest Hour, The Debt, The Deep Blue Sea, The Descendants, The Details, The Devil’s Double, Dibbuk Box, The Dilemma, Dolphin Tale 3D, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Dream House, Drive, Drive Angry 3D, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, The Eagle, Even the Rain, Every Day, Everything Must Go, The Eye of the Storm

Part Five: The Factory, Fast Five, The Fields, Final Destination 5, Flypaper, Footloose, Friends with Benefits, Friends with Kids, Fright Night, From Prada to Nada, The Future, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Gnomeo and Juliet 3D, Goon, The Green Hornet, Green Lantern, Griff the Invisible, The Guard, Guns Girls and Gambling, Hall Pass

Part Six: The Hangover: Part Two, Hanna, Happy Feet 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two, Haywire, A Heartbeat Away, The Help, Henry’s Crime, HERE, Higher Ground, Hobo with a Shotgun, Homework, Hop, Horrible Bosses, The Housemaid, House of My Father, How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Hugo Cabret, The Hungry Rabbit Jumps, The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence, The Hunter

Part Seven: I Am Number Four, I Melt With You, The Ides of March, Immortals, The Impossible, In A Better World, Incendies, The Innkeepers, Insidious, Intruders, In Your Hands, Ironclad, Jack and Diane, Jack and Jill, Jane Eyre, Jeff Who Lives At Home, Johnny English Reborn, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Jumping the Broom, Just Go With It, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

Part Eight: Kaboom, The Killer Elite, Killer Joe, Kill The Irishman, Kung Fu Panda 2, The Lady, Larry Crowne, Last Night, The Ledge, Life in a Day, Like Crazy, Limitless, The Lincoln Lawyer, Little Birds, A Little Bit of Heaven, Little White Lies, Live With It, London Boulevard, The Loneliest Planet, Love and Bruises, The Lucky One

Part Nine: Machine Gun Preacher, Mad Bastards, Man on a Ledge, The Man with the Iron Fist, Margin Call, Mars Needs Moms!, Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Mechanic, Meek’s Cutoff, Melancholia, Midnight in Paris, The Mill and the Cross, Miral, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Moneyball, The Monk, Monte Carlo, Mother’s Day, Movie 43, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, The Muppets

Part Ten: My Idiot Brother, My Week with Marilyn, Neds, New Year’s Eve, No Strings Attached, Now, Of Gods and Men, On the Road, One Day, One for the Money, Oranges and Sunshine, The Other Woman, Paranormal Activity 3, Passion Play, Paul, Peace Love and Misunderstanding, Peep World, Perfect Sense, Piranha 3DD, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Priest, Project X

Part Eleven: Prom, Puss in Boots, Rampart, Rango, The Raven, Real Steel, Red Dawn, Red Dog, Red Riding Hood, Red State, Red Tails, Restless, Retreat, Rio, Route Irish, The Rum Diary, Safe, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Salvation Boulevard, Say Nothing

Part Twelve: Scream 4, A Serbian Film, Serge Gainsbourg: A Life Heroic, Shame, Shaolin, Shark Night 3D, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Shelter, The Silent House, The Sitter, The Skin That I Inhabit, Sleeping Beauty, The Smurfs, Snabba Cash, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Snowtown, Soldiers of Fortune, Something Borrowed, Son of No One, Soul Surfer

Part Thirteen: Source Code, Space Battleship Yamato, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World, Straw Dogs, Submarine, Sucker Punch, Super, Super 8, Take Shelter, Take This Waltz, Ten Year, There Be Dragons, The Thing, The Three Musketeers, This Means War, This Must Be The Place, Thor, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tower Heist