Small Movie With BIG Ideas - FACE TO FACE

Face to Face film is adapted from David Williamson's play of the same name which is in turn based on the transcripts from real conflict resolution sessions. The story is about a young scaffold construction worker who is charged with assaulting his boss. By the end of the film, all our assumptions about guilt and blame are turned on their heads. As 10 people sit in a room discussing the turn of events that brought our protagonist to breaking point, twists and surprises reveal that all is not quite as simple as it seems. Michael Rymer directs his screen adaptation of 'Face to Face' (written by Australian playwright David Williamson), as an ensemble piece about 10 very dissimilar Australians bound together by a complex pattern of relationships and shared histories. Hysterically funny and deeply moving, each character's role in the drama peels back another layer as the story digs down to the roots of who these people really are. Written by Michael Rymer.

From Australia's most acclaimed playwright, David Williamson, a moving and powerful new film about lies, betrayal, sex and bullying in the workplace. A young construction worker rams into the back of his boss's Jaguar in a fit of anger at being sacked. Rather than fronting court, he's given the chance to explain his actions in a community conference. This face-to-face confrontation between the young man, his boss, his boss's wife, co-workers, best mate and mother lifts the lid not only on his dysfunctional life but on their workplace dirty laundry, turning all of their lives upside down. "Face To Face" stars a stellar ensemble cast led by Vince ColosimoSigrid Thornton, Luke Ford, Matthew Newton and is directed by Michael Rymer ("Angel Baby").

This is a powerful movie, simple and focus on finding solutions in general relationships. As an actress I was very inspired to fix all my relationships face to face with people. I tend to simply disconnect and leave the long term relationships that are hard to maintain due to differences and usually adapt myself by letting time go and let them be old subjects: past. Until this wonderful movie.

Throughout the film the only aspect I found little hard to understand was the actors dialog because of their accent; but everything else was perfect. One of the great highlights of this film is when the movie was done and a personal statement from director Michael Rymer was played. He explained how long took to make this film, where and the main purpose of it. I felt inspired by his ways of thinking and communicating solutions through his passion. He understands clearly the path to find happiness in life by facing the conflicts and moving on with no heavy weight nor regrets. The cast was just a collective effort that made sense in all aspects; well done. Looking forward to many of Michael Rymer’s work along with performances from the cast.

I had a question for the mediator Adrianna Jeret from Mediation Services after the screening. My question was: “How can we incorporate this mediation service to schools in a more fun way to attract children and young adults going through confrontations with classmates and family members? Jeret reponse was that this system was available to students in school. I thought that this mediation services should be more available for all ages more than iPads & Facebook! I didn’t even heard of it before! Here’s a system that actually works! By systematically exposing each person to one other and forcing them to see the consequences and effects of their actions, the characters are able to transcend their own subjective view, and understand that they are part of a “tribe” where anyone’s actions affect everyone else.

Michael Rymer’s statement through this film: This is a little movie, with BIG ideas. With all the strife in the world, human nature being what it is, and history not really offering any positive examples, I’ve often wondered if there’s any way out.

Thanks to MouseTrap Films, LLC  for choosing the right projects who inspire us to make a difference in our own lives today and to the Laemmle Playhouse in Pasadena for making a difference today.

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“If we can’t get past these smaller grudges and animosities, what hope do we have for the bigger ones?”

“Maybe a small movie can change BIG things." -Michael Rymer

The Australian indie - which starts out as a simple case of a wild youth’s violence but soon reveals a far deeper set of ills - grabs the audience’s attention at the outset and never lets up, is a MUST SEE. 

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