I can’t go into town without crossing Sydney Harbour; riding a bus on the Harbour Bridge and seeing the Sydney Opera House. Yesterday the view of the harbour was obscured and our national icons dwarfed by a floating hotel, the Diamond Princess.
I was on my way to the Dendy Cinema at the Opera Quay to see London Road, a dramatic narrative of the true story of five murders that affected the reputation and morale of a neighbourhood. The dialogue was sung in operatic recitatives and choruses in the exact words of the people interviewed while the crimes were discovered, the culprit was caught and the locals were dealing with the aftermath.
The film is excellent in every way. The dialogues were seamlessly sewn, the music heightened yet relieved the dramatic tension, the actors played the everyday people so closely from tone of voice to expression of face, the precision of the choruses… I don’t want to gush but it was exciting and rare to see such an inspired work.
Afterwards, my friend A and I both felt fortunate to have seen this work. As A said in her email to me this morning:
Enjoyed strange film yesterday! such an original idea, so clever …wish there was more stuff like that!