November 30th 2012
"Trishna" on Saturday
A beautiful film set in India, "Trishna," may well be the last film to be screened by the Magnetic Island Film Society unless new volunteers come forward to revitalise the long-serving committee.
Magnetic Times has been informed by the Film Society's Secretary and Treasurer, Linda Wootten that, "This will be the last film unless a management committee is formed".
This is a sad moment for the Island which has gained enormously from the scores of great films the MIFS has presented on Magnetic Island since 1995.
For readers who may be interested in rejuvenating the society we suggest you contact Linda Wooten: firstname.lastname@example.org
But for now we look at the film Trishna which will be screened at the RSL Hall on Hayles Avenue in Arcadia, via the review by ABC's At the Movies' David Stratton.
Jay, RIZ AHMED, who was raised in England, is touring Rajasthan with three friends when, in a village, he sees beautiful Trishna, FREIDA PINTO. After she and her father are injured in a road accident, Jay offers the teenager a job in one of his father's hotels. They become lovers and eventually he takes her to Mumbai where they live in a sea-front apartment.
This is the third time British director Michael Winterbottom has tackled a novel by Thomas Hardy after JUDE, based on "Jude the Obscure" and THE CLAIM, based on "The Mayor of Casterbridge". TRISHNA, though set in present-day India, is based on Hardy's "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" and if you've read the book, or seen Roman Polanski's faithful 1979 adaptation, the first thing that strikes you is that Winterbottom has combined the two principal male characters - Alec, the squire who seduces Tess and Angel, the man who marries her. They've now become Jay and, as played by Riz Ahmed, last seen on the big screen in FOUR LIONS, the character comes across as rather confused - loving and respectful one moment, dissolute and rapacious the next. Despite this character drawback, the film works because the social constraints that affected Tess seem to be still current even in today's rapidly changing India. Freida Pinto gives a luminous performance as the girl of peasant origins who seizes a chance at happiness only to find herself used and abused. The other major asset of the film is India itself, lovingly photographed for the Scope screen by Marcel Zyskind; the landscape, with its flora and fauna, the villages, temples, towns - and the crowded streets of Mumbai - all are beautifully evoked in this visually lush melodrama. (read more)
Duration: 117 mins
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Lead actor: Freida Pinto
Cast: Riz Ahmed, Roshan Seth, Kalki Koechl, Anurag Kashyap
Producer: Sunil Bohra, Melissa Parmenter, Michael Winterbottom
Screenplay: Thomas Hardy (Novel)
Music: Amit Trivedi, Shigeru Umebayashi
Country: United Kingdom
Screening at the RSL Hall, 31 Hayles Avenue, Arcadia
Dinner Service, Refreshments & Bar available from 6.30pm till 8.00pm
Screening 8 pm (Each first Saturday of the month)
Please be early so we may start PROMPTLY at 8.00 pm
Adults $10.00 Conc. $8.00 Members Free
Annual membership $50.00 Conc. $40.00