The Ayr Film Society will be showing a pre-season screening of The Eye of the Storm on September 12th, in conjunction with SEPTEMBAYR, Ayr’s arts and music festival. The film, which stars Charlotte Rampling and Geoffrey Rush, has been obtained through the film’s UK distributors, Munro Film Services, whose managing director Frank Smith was born in Ayrshire.
Based on Nobel Laureate Patrick White’s acclaimed novel of the same name, The Eye of the Storm is a savage, yet darkly funny, exploration of family relationships. The award-winning drama stars Charlotte Rampling as Elizabeth Hunter, the wealthy, dying matriarch. Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush plays her knighted, yet struggling actor son and Judy Davis completes the cast’s principal trio as his down at heel high-society sister. The siblings fly half way across the world with the common goal of securing their vast inheritance – and as the film’s poster tag line so aptly surmises, the Hunters are ‘definitely not your average loving family’.
Ron Currie, secretary of award-winning local Ayr Film Society said “The society is delighted to have the opportunity, as part of the SEPTEMBAYR festival, to show this film as a pre-season taster for the forthcoming 41st season, which commences on Thursday 26th September at Ayr Town Hall. The committee would hope that the seed has now been sown to provide Ayr with its own mini film festival in future years.”
Appreciative of the film’s selected, mainly independent cinema release, Ron continued, “We would like to thank Munro Film Services for the chance to screen a title which would have been unlikely to appear at many venues in South West Scotland. This is a first for Ayr and for Ayr Film Society.”
The Eye of the Storm is a much-garlanded film, achieving several award wins internationally including the Age Critics’ Award at the Melbourne International Film Festival, the special jury prize at the Rome International Film Festival and an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Best Lead Actress award for Judy Davis. The Eye of the Storm is co-produced and directed by Fred Schepisi, whose directing credits include Plenty, Six Degrees of Separation, Roxanne and A Cry in the Dark.
The Times hails the film “a gorgeously judged family drama”. The Sunday Mirror adds “It’s stylish and bitingly amusing”. Film critics unite on the outstanding performances by the principal (and supporting cast). The Daily Express surmised, “There are some wickedly funny, vicious lines and fantastic performances”. Stephen Fry tweeted that the film is ‘brilliant’.
The screenplay is based on Patrick White’s 1973 novel, adapted by Judy Morris who won Best Screenplay at the Film Critics’ Circle of Australia Awards 2012. ‘The Eye of the Storm’ book is published as ebook by Vintage Classics/Random House. White became the most considerable figure in modern Australian literature, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973, the same year ‘The Eye of the Storm’ was first published.
‘The Eye of the Storm’ – September 12th at 7.30pm at Ayr Town Hall. Tickets are priced £5 and available to buy on the door. The film is a 15 certificate with a running time of 119 minutes.
For further information on the film and to view the trailer, please visit the film’s website at www.theeyeofthestormmovie.co.uk