|Three Blind Mice|
Three Blind Mice Film Poster
|Directed by||Matthew Newton|
|Produced by||Ben Davis |
|Written by||Matthew Newton|
|Starring|| Matthew Newton |
|Music by||John Foreman|
|Distributed by||Titan View|
|Box office||A$9,590 (Australia)|
Three Blind Mice is a 2008 feature film written, directed by and starring Matthew Newton, alongside Ewen Leslie and Toby Schmitz. It premiered at Sydney Film Festival in 2008.To date it has screened at over fourteen international and Australian festivals.
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Three young Australian naval officers hit the streets of Sydney for one last night before being shipped out to Iraq. The dynamic between the three friends is uneasy; Sam (Ewen Leslie) has been mistreated at sea and is going AWOL, Dean (Toby Schmitz) has a fiancé and the future in-laws to meet, and Harry (Matthew Newton) just loves playing cards. Throughout the night, the boy's struggle with what a night in Sydney can offer, as details of their last six months at sea emerge.
The film features many distinguished and critically acclaimed Australian actors.The full cast list is as below: (This is also Charles "Bud" Tingwell's final film before his death).
|Toby Schmitz||LEUT Dean Leiberman|
|Matthew Newton||SBLT Harry McCabe|
|Ewen Leslie||SBLT Sam Fisher|
|Jacki Weaver||Bernie Fisher|
|Charles Tingwell||Bob Fisher|
|Brendan Cowell||LCDR Glenn Carter|
Three Blind Mice has been noted as the first portrayal of Australian soldiers serving during the War in Iraq.While Newton has stated the film is not a political statement, it does portray his belief that young men should be making mistakes, rather than going to war. The film also references iconic Australian military legends, such as Gallipoli Primarily, the film explores what it is to be a man, and what that means to live and act in a male-dominated world today.
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Three Blind Mice was critically well received, earning three and a half stars from both Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton on ABC's At the Movies. Primarily, both reviewers noted the strong performances by the distinguished cast.While the performances by the cast were particularly acclaimed for their freshness, Matthew Newton's screenplay was also commended and noted for its maturity, comedy and realism. His directorial ability was also commended. In the opening scene Mathew Newton is wearing the epaulettes of a Leut Commander (two and a half rings). In later scenes he is wearing the single ring of a Sub Lieutenant on his jacket. All Officers in the film are wearing their medal ribbons on the right breast, when they should be worn on the left breast.
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Three Blind Mice did not secure a theatrical distributor for several months throughout 2008 and 2009. Finally in April 2009, Titan View picked up distribution rights for Australia and New Zealand.
Three Blind Mice struggled to secure a theatrical release in Sydney, the city it was produced in.Finally, the Chauvel Cinema agreed to show the film for five consecutive Friday nights. Titan View CEO John L. Simpson noted that this limited release was due to the city's arthouse cinemas rejecting the film as not commercial enough.
Meanwhile, Three Blind Mice secured a limited theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles, promoted by exposure at such festivals as SXSW.
Three Blind Mice has featured and been in competition at the following festivals
Despite critical acclaim at several international and local festivals, Three Blind Mice was not nominated for an AFI within Australia
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