Sundance Review: Clubland
by Alex Billington
January 23, 2007
Clubland is an Australian feature that is a whimsical, fast paced (but not too fast), never dull, funky and exciting romantic drama. A teen-aged boy, Tim (Khan Chittenden), who lives with his comedian entertainer mother (Brenda Blethyn) and mentally-challenged brother (Richard Wilson) meets a cute young girl (Emma Booth) and falls in love with her, all while struggling with his own sexuality and family matters. It's a delightful love story as good as The Science of Sleep, with as much great comedy, content, romance, and drama to be compared to Science of Sleeps' excellence.
What's so great about Clubland is that I can sit through this 108 minute movie and not ever experience a dull moment - a rarity and certainly fantastic experience that is appreciated. Director Cherie Nowlan never takes it too far or too short, it's always right on target in every scene. Also featuring an entourage cast with truly exquisite performances all around from a handful of Australian actors. It comes down to an incredible "showdown" involving everyone from Tim's family at his house at the end, where his mother breaks down and the conclusion builds up. All around an exhilarating romance that needs to make its way across the ocean to America where it'll become instantly cherished - and it just did, as it was bought by Warner Independent! One of my own personal favorite films from Sundance so far!