Little fish - Cate Blanchett, Martin Henderson, Rowan Woods
Threat advisory: Severe - Severe risk of entertaining activities
The past is right here.
How do you learn to love again when the pain of the past won't let you go? When you're 32 with a troubled history and a doubtful future, it's a question that isn't so easy to answer. And for Tracy Heart (Cate Blanchett) it's a question she can no longer ignore.
After four years of treading water and redeeming herself in the eyes of her family, she has set herself the humble dream of owning her own business.
But the unexpected return of her ex-boyfriend Jonny Nguyen (Dustin Nguyen), the criminal aspirations of her brother Ray (Martin Henderson) and the emotional draw of troubled family friend and ex-footy star Lionel Dawson (Hugo Weaving), creates friction for Tracy. Her dream soon becomes tangled with criminal boss, Bradley "The Jockey" Thompson (Sam Neill) with shattering consequences. As a result, Tracy's bond of trust with her mother Janelle (Noni Hazlehurst) is tested and she has no other option but to confront her fears in order to find happiness.
A story about families. About lies. And about learning to love again.
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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda
- Film Australia Western Sydney drugs family poverty crime trust love video shop addiction
Persons of interest
- Cate Blanchett .... Tracy Heart
- Anh Do .... Tran
- Noni Hazlehurst .... Janelle Heart
- Martin Henderson .... Ray Heart
- Lisa McCune .... Laura
- Sam Neill .... Brad "The Jockey" Thompson
- Dustin Nguyen .... Jonny Nguyen
- Susie Porter .... Jenny
- Bic Runga .... Lounge Singer
- Joel Tobeck .... Steven Moss
- Hugo Weaving .... Lionel Dawson
- Jacqueline Perske .... Screenwriter
- Rowan Woods .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Little fish official movie site
- Little fish film production notes
- Little fish QuickTime movie trailers
- Awards and film festivals:
- Australian Cinematographers Society Awards 2005: ACT and NSW: Highly Commended (Danny Ruhlmann)
- Australian Film Institute (AFI) 2005: Won: Best lead actor (Hugo Weaving), Best lead actress (Cate Blanchett), Best supporting actress (Noni Hazlehurst), Best editing (Alexandre de Franceschi ASE, John Scott ASE), Best sound (Sam Petty, Peter Grace, Robert Sullivan, Yulia Akerholt); Best film (Vincent Sheehan, Liz Watts, Richard Keddie), Best direction (Rowan Woods)
- Cinematic Intelligence Agency Trenchcoat Awards 2005: Won: Best script (Jacqueline Perske), Best film (English language), Best director (Rowan Woods); Nominated: Best actor - Male (Hugo Weaving as Lionel Dawson), Best actor - Female (Cate Blanchett as Tracy Heart), Best Australian film, Best criminal (The Heart family and friends)
- Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards 2005: Won: Best Actress In A Lead Role (Cate Blanchett), Best Actress In A Supporting Role (Noni Hazelhurst), Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Hugo Weaving); Nominated: Best Film (Vincent Sheehan, Liz Watts, Richard Keddie), Best Director (Rowan Woods), Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Martin Henderson, Sam Neill), Best Original Screenplay (Jacqueline Perske), Best Cinematography (Danny Ruhlmann), Best Composer (Nathan Larson), Best Editor (Alexander De Franceschi, John Scott)
- if Awards 2005: Won: Best Actress (Cate Blanchett), Best Actor (Hugo Weaving), Best Sound (Sam Petty, Peter Grace, Robert Sullivan, Yulia Akerholt), Box Office Achievement; Nominated: Best Feature Film (Rowan Woods), Best Direction (Rowan Woods), Best Script (Jacquelin Perske), Best Editing (Alexandre De Franceschi, John Scott), Best Music (Nathan Larson)
- Melbourne International Film Festival 2005: Opening Night
- Toronto International Film Festival 2005: Official selection
- cf. Big fish
- See also The boys, West
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
It sucks to be a little fish in a big pond. It sucks even more to be a little fish in a little pond. Little fish is about Little Aussie Battlers™ Doing It Tough™ on Struggle Street™, making their way the only way they know how. Rowan Woods brings us a dark vision of those trackie-dack wearing, smoking, spitting, swearing, struggling people whom you avoid on the train. People for whom a ride in a taxi is a world-shattering event. It's good.
Cate Blanchett goes off. Hugo Weaving goes off. Martin Henderson goes off. Sam Neill is good. The supporting cast are good. The locations are good. Everything is good. Little fish is a hard-core Australian drama that pulls no punches. It's dirty, it's gritty, it's good. See it.
Media intelligence (BD)
- Languages: English
- Special features:
- Director Rowan Woods, writer Jacquelin Perske and star Cate Blanchett
- Director Rowan Woods, producer Vincent Sheehan and star Hugo Weaving
- Deleted scenes with audio commentary
- Documentaries: Behind the scenes
- Trailers: Theatrical
Security censorship classification
MA 15+ (Strong drug references, drug theme, strong coarse language)
114 minutes (1:54 hours)