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Tom White (2004)

  Directed by: Alkinos Tsilimidos
Written by: Daniel Keene
Starring: Rachael Blake, Loene Carmen, Colin Friels, Bill Hunter, Jarryd Jinks, Dan Spielman
Links: Tom White on the IMDb
Genre: Drama
Awards: AFI Awards: Best Film 2004 (nominee)

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating)
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Tom White (2004) is also mentioned in pearly's review of Three Dollars (2005).

"Not as wonderful as I had hoped" - a review by pearly

Tom White seemed like it might be the pick of the feature length Aussie films for 2004. Well, it was either that, or Somersault (2004), which I have not yet seen. And Tom White was actually better than any of the others I have seen thus far, but the problem is, it's still not a huge stand-out. I'm going to give it a decent rating, because it was a fairly solid film containing some interesting ideas, but it didn't capture me like a couple of last year's AFI award nominated films did.

In Tom White, the character of Tom White (Colin Friels) has something of a mid-life crisis, mixed up with other possible mental issues, and leaves his wife (Rachael Blake) and their two children in preference for living as a homeless man. This basis of the story reminded me a little of what I've heard about some Japanese men, who, sick of trying to fit into their appropriate place in regular society, just fall out of it, and instead live in a tent in a park somewhere.

In the course of Tom's journey, he meets up with a variety of people who he hangs around with for a while before moving on again to other things. These people are Matt (Dan Spielman), a young rave type who has gotten himself into a bit of trouble, Christine (Loene Carmen), a gal who Tom has a bit of a fling with, Malcolm (Bill Hunter), a seasoned homeless man who helps Tom out, and Jet (Jarryd Jinks), a kid who's a bit of an outsider and who has an unhealthy obsession with his namesake Jet Li.

I found Tom White to be a fairly unique story, which is always nice. The acting was mostly acceptable, with the exception being Spielman - much like with One Perfect Day (2004), I wasn't convinced by him in this role. Friels was pretty good, but was eclipsed by Australian screen veteran Hunter. In some parts, the story moved a little too slowly for not much gain (specifically the earlier portions of Tom's travels (those with Matt and Christine); I found the storyline much more interesting after the introduction of Malcolm), and at times, there were things that were spelt out too obviously; things that could have been figured out by intelligent viewers. However, overall, quite enjoyable.

pearly gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 30 Aug 2004

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Reader comments

  1. great film, up there for my best australian film. i really injoyed watching (TOM WHITE) it felt like i was in the story line and the movie was much brighter when TOM (Collin friels) And JET (Jarryd jinks)were begging for money And malcom (Bill hunter) was amazing as always

    Rating given: 9

    A comment from bryce (http://nofreelist.com/review/?movieid=892) on Fri 15 Oct 2004 22:23 #

  2. Awful film. It was plagued by a poor script, a disjointed and shallow plot, and painful over-acting (Colin Friels should be ashamed of this offering). I wanted both my money and my 2 hours back

    Rating given: 1

    A comment from alex on Fri 29 Oct 2004 13:29 #

  3. Hi my name is Joanna and I am 16 years old form Cairns QLD, Australia I am glad to say that i enjoyed your film. I am watching this film because it was a class assignment and my mum hired it out for me i thought that it had a boring cover and it wasn't very eye-catchy though the film was good.Colin Feils plays a very good role as Tom White and it must of been challenging for him to do those things in the movie, I act in school dramas and it is hard work to accomplish those tasks, though very challenging and hard working. I would like to say congrats on winning your awards and that it must of been worth your hard work
    Yours Joanna McDougall
    Smithfield State High School

    Rating given: 7

    A comment from Joanna McDougall on Thu 09 Mar 2006 10:23 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 5.67 (3 ratings)

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