Through frequent flashbacks that stretch across six decades, the stories of the events that brought these people to this point in their lives slowly unfold, ultimately revealing the importance of friendship and love. The two acquired the film rights to the book, and Schepisi begin to work on his adaptation, completing the first draft of the script by February Nik Powell , head of the independent production company Scala, signed on as an executive producer and during the summer of brought in German-based Rainer Mockert and MBP to help with the financing.
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Principal photography began in October of that year and lasted nine weeks. The film went into theatrical release in the UK on 11 January Swift's prose, with its multiple narrators and its stripped-down cockney lyricism, into the light and shadow of cinema. In the past Mr. Schepisi has used his elegant, unassuming visual sense and his instinctive feel for the idiosyncrasies of actors to open up the works of playwrights like David Hare Plenty and John Guare Six Degrees of Separation.
Last Orders, though quite different in theme and structure, shares with these films a quiet, amused wonder at the complexities of human character, and a reluctance to shoehorn them into narrative conventions or deduce obvious morals. Edward Guthmann of the San Francisco Chronicle called the film "an enervated, overly muted drama that should have been a lot livelier, considering the terrific cast" and added, "The actors do their best, particularly the impeccable Mirren, but Schepisi draws a shroud of chaste dullness over their scenes and lays on an energy- sapping score.
The action moves constantly between present and past, which isn't a bad narrative scheme, but when it's done so frequently and deliberately, we feel as if we're looking over Schepisi's shoulder as he diagrams the whole story for us. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone called it "a funny and touching film" and "a bawdy delight" and commented, "The acting is of the highest order, but the magnificent Mirren.
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Philip French of The Guardian called the film "a moving study of the pleasures and obligations of friendship, and of facing up to a death and going on" and added, "Schepisi always handles actors sympathetically and here he has a perfect cast, most of whom can draw on their own and their parents' experiences. Without a touch of patronisation, they sink into their characters and never attempt to steal scenes from each other.
It helps that the Australian director has assembled a crack cast. Brian Tufano's handsome widescreen photography and Paul Grabowsky's excellent music turn this fairly parochial melodrama into something really rather special. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Last Orders Original poster.
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