Direct release from PISCES ALL MEDIA
Director: Jonathan Nolan
Cast: Valentino Costa, Karen Hurley, T Paul Stiles
SWEET CYANIDE is a mixed bag for
A comedy murder mystery, it revels
in its campiness and cliche and the leads are
both cute and memorable giving star turns at every
moment. The rest of the cast is a mixed bag, with
T Paul Stiles as Shorty a standout and newcomer
Mick Shanahan having his druthers in a couple
of tense scenes.
On the one hand it tries extremely
hard to master its material- using every trick
in the book from pans, tracks and jump cuts to
old school dialogue and set pieces.
The violence is all implied, which
makes a refreshing change from in your face splatter.
That has its place, but not in a film like this.
Apparently there are another 14
films on the drawing board for the next decade,
and while this is not a stellar first effort it
shows some promise for the future.
Canberra Australia finally has
a feature film industry to call its own.
However, the film has to succeed
or fail on its own merits. It falls flat at times
due to editing, but some of the cuts are actually
quite brilliant. I find it hard to give it high
marks; impossible to give it a failing grade.