Dance me to my song - Rolf de Heer, John Brumpton, Joey Kennedy, Heather Rose
Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities
A love triangle? Depends on your point of view, really...
What do you do when you're stuck in a fucking wheelchair and you can't talk except using a voice machine and your career doesn't give a shit for anything except herself? Sit round a lot, I suppose, talking to yourself.
What do you do when a man turns up and you fancy him except your carer does too the bitch and steals him from under your nose because she's not a fucking spastic?
You try and steal him back, of course...
A film for Heather Rose...
By Heather Rose...
With Heather Rose...
Theatrical propaganda posters
Target demographic movie keyword propaganda
- Film Australia drama wheelchair carer
Persons of interest
- John Brumpton .... Eddie
- Danny Cowles .... Joe
- Catherine Fitzgerald .... Dogface
- Susie Fraser .... Social Worker
- Carmel Johnson .... Temporary Carer
- Joey Kennedy .... Madelaine
- Phil MacPherson .... Trev
- Rena Owen .... Rix
- Heather Rose .... Julia
- Frederick Stahl .... Screenwriter
- Rolf de Heer .... Screenwriter
- Heather Rose .... Screenwriter
- Rolf de Heer .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Dance me to my song official movie site
- Awards and film festivals:
- Australian Film Critics Association Awards 1999: Nominated: FCCA Award: Best Actor - Female (Heather Rose), Best Screenplay - Original (Heather Rose, Frederick Stahl, Rolf de Heer), Best Supporting Actor - Female (Rena Owen)
- Australian Film Institute (AFI) 1998: Nominated: AFI Award: Best Original Screenplay (Heather Rose, Frederick Stahl, Rolf de Heer), Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Rena Owen)
- Cannes Film Festival 1998: Nominated: Golden Palm (Rolf de Heer)
- Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival 1998: Won: Critic's Choice Award: Humanity Award (Rolf de Heer)
- Valladolid International Film Festival (Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid) 1998: Won: Jury Special Prize (Heather Rose); Nominated: Golden Spike (Rolf de Heer)
Special Agent Matti
First off, as the distributor made a point to mention, this is a piece of fiction, inspired by the things that can happen in the life of someone with cerebral palsy. That Heather co-wrote and stars in it is just one of those things.
As a film it is really difficult to watch. It goes places your samely-abled lives don't care to go. The dependence upon another person for almost everything that happens in your life is astounding and something which I have no desire to experience any further than watching this film gave me. As fiction it is not original in its premise but is definitely so in its execution. A love triangle involving someone with CP is somewhat new for cinema, no?
Heather gives an astounding performance (I won't add "for a cripple", because her performance was better than that of the non-cripples). Joey Kennedy's nutter care-giver is intense but sometimes falls into an unbelievable theatrical hysteria that's shown up by Heather's subtlety. John Brumpton as Eddie is a mysterious stranger but unfortunately for us the character remains a mystery at the end of the film. His motivations are insufficiently developed given that he is the apex of the triangle. Rena Owen as Rix is passionate and human but is never allowed to get beyond the unfortunate position of plot-mover-along.
The best part of Dance me to my song is the frankness with which Heather has invited us into her life. In that respect, this is one of the best films of the year, one which I advise you all to see. It is a hard film to watch - and a painful one - but the ultimate reward is worth so much more than we have to invest in it.
Security censorship classification
M (Adult themes, medium level coarse language, sexual references)
102 minutes (1:42 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
Film: 22 October 1998