> After the
4 stars (out of 5)
Director: Simone Horrocks
Cast: Antony Starr, Sally Stockwell, Peter McCauley,
Cohen Holloway, Michelle Langstone
A child goes missing. Her father turned his back for only
half a minute and she was gone. That of course is high on the
list of worst-case scenarios parents use to torture
themselves and there are plenty of bad places that After
the Waterfall (Rialto) can go from there.
The cliché is, it is the not knowing that tears you apart and
After the Waterfall uses that to maximum effect.
John (Anthony Starr) and Ana (Sally Stockwell) never find out
where their child went and we the audience share their
John, at the beginning, is a Doc worker happy with his wife
and child. When Pearl dematerialises all the other rock-solid
aspects of his life vaporise as well. Bereft, he stumbles
through his days in a fog of bereavement - a one-man
The movie deals with how he finds some resolution even though
his obsession with Pearl's fate will never leave him.
Starr is well known to Outrageous Fortune fans and it
is his wet-eyed visage that dominates the film. Most actors
have a hard time with ordinary and it is to his credit that
John stays resolutely believable.
While this is an impressive debut it never quite manages to
fill the time allotted and so resorts to padding, which gives
the poor emotionally-wrung-out audience an extra load to
Best thing: This is Kiwi as, without once resorting to
kiwiana clichés to tip us the wink that we are in the land of
the long white cloud.
Worst thing: There is one cringe-making scene where
Doc worker John goes to clear the Timms traps and
demonstrates that no-one on this film had any idea of how
they actually work.
See it with: A childless person; otherwise expect
plenty of "I'll just nip out and text the babysitter"
- Christine Powley