Release date: April 1.
The cast: Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Greg Stone, Tara Morice.
The pitch: Jim Loach emerges from the shadows and the mire of evening television to direct a deeply moving true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker who uncovered a shocking scandal; the forced migration of thousands of children to Australia.
Reasons this could be good: With the drama, tension and emotional cutting edge practically written for you, all you need is a good script and some half-decent acting to steady the ship and you’ve got yourself a pretty reasonable biopic.
Reasons this could be bad: It’s time for Jim Loach to take off the training wheels and show what he can do, but as a rule of thumb with debut features, there’s always that chance you’ll fail and go head over arse…
The verdict: What with biopic being the flavor of the month, helped notably by the meteoric rise of The King’s Speech, it’s likely, the film will do well whatever. However, it remains to be seen whether or not Jim Loach is capable of bringing together a stirring biopic in quite the same manner as the Tom Hoopers of this world.
Soundtrack: The safe hands of veteran composer Lisa Gerrard oversees this one. The Golden Globe winner has made a trademark of providing poignant and moving melodies, as proved from her involvement in everything from Gladiator, to tracks with Ennio Morricone for the award-winning Fateless.
Best bit: 0:03-0:20 – A long best bit, but it’s just so refreshing watching Hugo Weaving act without internally hearing the name ‘Mr. Anderson’.