A Cold Summer

Production Credits:
Director -                                 Paul Middleditch
Writer -                                    Teo Gerbert
                                                Paul Middleditch
                                                Olivia Pigeot
                                                Susan Prior
Editor -                                    Peter Whitmore
Producer -                               Grace Yee
                                                Paul Middleditch
Composer-                              Claire Jordan
Executive Producer-                Stuart Quin
Associate Producer-                David Barda
Production Manager-             Grace Yee
Director of Photography-        Steve Arnold
Story Developed By-              Paul Middleditch
                                                Teo Gerbert
                                                Olivia Pigeot
                                                Susan Prior
Production-                             Eltham Strathmore Pictures Pty Ltd
Released-                                 March 18th 2003
Rated-                                      R18+Medium Level Sex Scenes, Sexual References
Running Time-                        87minutes
Filming Locations-                  Los Angeles, California, USA

Cast:
Teo Gerbert                             Bobby
Olivia Pigeot                           Tia
Susan Prior                             Phaedra
Marin Mimica                         Fred Zerrella
Paul Kelman                            Mario
Daniel Wyllie                          Craig

Plot Synopsis:
A Cold Summer is said to be the best independent film Australian has seen. It is a film about. The story revolves around the three central characters of - Tia, Bobby and Phaedra. Bobby (Teo Gebert) randomly meets with Tia (Olivia Pigeot) by pure coincidence on the street one day. Started off as an innocent chat only to find out later they end up with having more that just a “short conversation”, it pilots to having sex in an alley, and continuing to a sequence of casual sexual meet. Both of these interestingly enough disturbed characters seem to be broken in some way but are kept indistinctly at initially.

Phaedra (Susan Prior) comes into sight on-screen rather chaotically at random as Bobby and Tia. Tia, they bump into her long-lost school friend at a bus stop and begin to muse over the good old times. Tia's two-faced nature is bare in contrast to the sincerity of Phaedra who opens your heart to that she is miserable following the death of her boyfriend who died four years ago.

Main Actors:
Olivia Pigeot who played Tia in ‘A Cold Summer’ is a graduate from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) back in 1998.
She acted in several theaters which are: Corporate Vibes for Sydney Theatre Company and Melbourne Theatre Company, Love For Love for Sydney Theatre Company and Sexual Perversity in Chicago for her own theatre company Theatre Jamb.
She had also acted in several television and films and they are: the infamously, ‘A Cold Summer, Stealth, God's Bones, The Three Stooges, Murder Call, Farscape, Australians favorite television drama Home and Away and Powderburn.
She was nominated as Best Actress at the Film Critics' Circle of Australia awards for the film A Cold Summer.

New Zealand born Paul Middleditch has been working for Tank Films Sydney, and has two feature films which have been working expansively in mercantile production globally and all over Australia. He has also established himself as one of New Zealand’s best video music director of all time.

 

Director:
New Zealand born Paul Middleditch has been working for Tank Films Sydney, and has two feature films which have been working expansively in mercantile production globally and all over Australia. He has also established himself as one of New Zealand’s best video music director of all time.

Specifications:
Rating -                       R18+Medium Level Sex Scenes, Sexual References
Classification -            Drama
Running Time -           87minutes
Country -                     Australia

Film Databases:
International Movie Database
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0355336/

Australian Film Commission
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Movie Reviews
www.timeout.com/film/65243.html-30k

http://www.mediasearch.com.au/film/filmreviews/acoldsummer

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cold_summer/

www.moviehole.net/reviews/1485.html-18k

www.hollywood.com/movies/detail/movie/176659-37k

www.webwombat.com.au/entertainment/dvds/delinquents.html-46k

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Readings:
Sandra Hall, 1992, 'Australian Film Index: a guide to Australian Feature Films since 1900', Port Melbourne: DW Thorpe.

Steve Neale, 2000, 'Genre and Hollywood', Routledge, London & New York.

Garry Gillard, 2004, 'Ten types of Australian Film, Murdoch University

 

Online Presence:
It wasn’t that hard for me to get information on reviews, release dates, critiques, and other relevant information on the movie from the internet. Although it is considerably a new movie only recently released not so long ago, and usually new movies are difficult enough to do research on. In my opinion ‘A Cold Summer’ is relatively ‘famous’ on the internet because it is known as to be one of the best independent movie made specifically by Paul Middleditch.

Researched Readings:
Based on the readings on the research, I have a better understanding on the genre and the movie styles shown by Paul Middleditch and somewhat became quite intrigue on how he developed the idea of even producing a movie with such storyline. Personally, the readings have made me realise on how important it is to established and deliver a clear message to its audience in order to me the audience understand and to appreciate the movie better.

Critical Review:
A Cold Summer is a low budget Australian film in the folklore of Mike Leigh’s Naked and it was a success when it hit the market in 2003. The story line revolves around three rebellious and submissive characters facing with their own anguish congregate randomly in Sydney. Initially, Bobby (Teo Gerbert) meets with Tia (Olivia Pigeot) just after her purse got stolen and they went to a nearby pub for a drink that turns out to be more then just a consoling drink. To begin with, it started innocently on the surface but later on only to find out that they end up with much more that just a conversation. They end up having sex in an alley, and continuing to a sequence of casual sexual meet. Both Bobby and Tia are much intriguing characters who are disturbed and somewhat to be broken in some way but are kept indistinctly at initially.
Phaedra (Susan Prior) comes into sight on-screen chaotically at random much similar as Bobby and Tia. Tia, bump into her long-lost school friend at a bus stop and begin to ponder over the good old times that they had together. Tia's two-faced nature is exposed in disparity to the genuineness of Phaedra who is miserable following the death of her boyfriend who died four years ago. Although on the surface they seem to be somewhat on the opposite of characters but hence, opposite attracts, they end up reawaken an inequitable, uptight friendship that heals both of them in a different kind of way.
Paul Middleditch (Terra Nova) the director himself applied the actual reality lives of the actors, recording inventiveness by using the foundation of on their own self experience subsequently made a script based on the scenes. The presentation benefits extremely, with a combination of candid, genuineness scenes. They (the characters) on the surface may not appear to be easily liked but they are honest and certainly comprehensible. Susan Prior (Phaedra) prevails as to be both of innocent and grief stricken, the one character in this movie that is honest about her own life, where on the other hand it is a different story all together with the other two characters Teo Gerbert and Olivia Pigeot. Both Bobby (Toe Gerbert) and Tia (Olivia Pigeot) represents themselves proudly with greatness of passion and exquisiteness.
As we all know, A Cold Summer is said to be the best Australian film to be made in while. The suggestion of grief is far more compassionate as it is created in a way of how the characters are real, brutally honest, flawed, funny, and also the combination of both aggressive apologetic. The scenes in A Cold Summer that would want to make the audiences feel as if to offer their own personal comfort, to reach out and offer a hand or even as much as hitting them for being somewhat difficult and these perspective of good acting and story line is what make this film a big hit when it was released back in 2003. On the other hand, from the perspective of its shooting style is every now and then chaotic and mad as it appears to be, as if it is made to be personal as a home video recording style would be. In my opinion, we (as the audience) needs more films such as this because of its honesty and that brings us all back to reality and it also gives the audience something to ponder on whereby quirkiness or pretty landscapes is not that is important in a film. "issues of autonomy, identity, allegiance and difference in the context of the teenage peer group and on the one hand and adult society on the other" (Neale, 2000, p.123). 
In the early part of the movie when Bobby and Tia meet at random it was as if it is fated that they meet that day but relationship is the last thing that both of them want at this stage. Hence the opposite attract rule, in a way by looking at it from this perspective I can understand why Paul Middleditch put it together this way. The movie is meant to deliver honesty, a real life experience and by joining the two characters such as Bobby and Tia both does not want to commit and both only want sex. The one thing audiences can see by this point is that they are already attracted to each other only that they have not realised it. Bobby (Teo Gerbet) is leading a life towards self destruction and interestingly enough when he met Tia ( Olivia Pegiot) he became intrigue and attracted hence seeks companionship with her. This relationship that they have may seem to be brutal and have a bad start by having sex but then again there are many ways in starting a relationship!  Tia (Olivia Pegiot) on the other hand seeks refuge is in her trusted friend Phaedra (Susan Prior), who is on the other hand a trusting and an optimist. Tia's disastrous refutation of her present life begins to contaminate Phaedra's abiding faith in dedication of assurance in love and loyalty. In the course of extreme anxiety of desperation, Phaedra dives into a hostile and alien place but in reality it is actually her both her compassion and potency that shoves both Bobby (Teo Gerbert) and Tia (Olivia Pegiot) into coming face to face with their very own nightmare which is simply; honesty.  

 

References:

Steve Neale, 2000, 'Genre and Hollywood', Routledge, London & New York.

Garry Gilliard, 2004, 'Ten types of Australian Film, Murdoch University

www.timeout.com/film/65243.html-30k

Australian Film Commission (2007): www.filmdbsearch.aspx.htm

Alexa Moses (2004) www.popupPrintArticle.pl.htm

Christos Tsiolkas, (April 2004) www.Bad Australian Cinema, or How Watching One
Perfect Day Made Me Want to Make a Bomb.htm

Christina Bruce (2007) F:\a_cold_summer2003.htm

Danielle Veldre (2002) F:\Local directors on the world stage.htm