June 2012

Lore - Hollywood Reporter Review
Lyrical & Deeply Affecting

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Australian director Cate Shortland has been in no hurry to follow up her award-winning 2004 feature debut Somersault and she takes her time, too, with the German-language Lore, unspooling a lyrical, deeply affecting study into a rarely seen legacy of the Holocaust.

Lore - SBS Review
Formidable Storytelling

Source: SBS Online

Cate Shortland’s second feature was not at Cannes this year. Her debut, Somersault, had premiered there in Un Certain Regard, back in 2004; this one had been tipped for selection, perhaps even in Competition. Its omission now seems especially curious, given both the lack of female filmmakers in this year’s lineup (the official reason: none had films ready to submit), and the extraordinary achievement it represents.

Lore - Screen Review
Tense and unrelentingly gripping

Source: Screen International

This gripping off-road movie is Australian director/co-writer Shortland’s first feature since her debut success, Somersault (Cannes, 2004). In competition at the Sydney Film Festival, Lore is entirely in German with English subtitles, but that hasn’t slowed pre-world-premiere international interest. Due for local release here late in the year, it’s a certainly for multiple festival outings, and a very good bet for local and international directing, technical and acting awards.

Lore - Arts Hub Review
Tenderness and Tragedy

Source: Arts Hub Review

“An emphatic return for the director and a memorable debut for the actress, their nuanced nous combine to harrowing, heartbreaking effect. Lore haunts with tenderness and tragedy; an accomplished alternative to the usual war dramas”

Lore Impresses SFF

Source: The Anticipator

Lore, Cate Shortland’s long awaited follow up to Somersault has screened at Sydney Film Festival and pulled in some rave reviews. At first blush it appears that Shortland has been able to add some emotional heft to her already impressive visual language …

Cate Shortland

Source: SFF at Apple Store

I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting tomorrow’s Sydney Film Festival Apple Store talk with Cate Shortland.

In preparation, I’ve had the most marvellous time revisiting Somersault, Cate’s short films, as well as reading The Dark Room, upon which her new film Lore is based. And of course, I can’t wait to attend the Australian Premiere of Lore tonight …