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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE NARRATIVE

ONE PERFECT DAY

TFF 2004
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE ONE PERFECT DAY [TFF 2004]

One Perfect Day is a modern-day fable set in the club and dance party world of Melbourne, Australia that amazingly blends slick, stylish cinematography and editing with compelling drama. Tommy Matisse, a musical prodigy attending school in London, fights against the rigid standards of music's traditionalists by creating avant-garde presentations during recitals. He is so completely immersed in his musical life that he is shut off from all else -- including the cries of his sister Emma. After Emma accidentally overdoses, Tommy returns to Melbourne. Once there his desire somehow to understand his dead sister leads him on a musical odyssey into the world of DJ'ing. On a journey of self-discovery, he connects and disconnects with his girlfriend, Alysse, an aspiring singer who is falling under the spell of a manipulative club owner seducing her into his dangerous world. As Tommy begins to understand and embrace DJ'ing as a way to connect people, Alysse goes into a downward spiral. Paul Currie makes an exceptional directorial debut that marks him as one of Australia's brightest filmmakers to emerge in recent years. Along with creating a distinct and original aesthetic style, Currie is able to guide honest performances from a talented group of young and veteran actors. One Perfect Day's stunning visuals riff against music essential to the story including original and remixed tracks from Paul Van Dyk, The Dust Brothers, Moby, Orbital, and Underworld.

One Perfect Day is a modern-day fable set in the club and dance party world of Melbourne, Australia that amazingly blends slick, stylish cinematography and editing with compelling drama. Tommy Matisse, a musical prodigy attending school in London, fights against the rigid standards of music's traditionalists by creating avant-garde presentations during recitals. He is so completely immersed in his musical life that he is shut off from all else -- including the cries of his sister Emma. After Emma accidentally overdoses, Tommy returns to Melbourne. Once there his desire somehow to understand his dead sister leads him on a musical odyssey into the world of DJ'ing. On a journey of self-discovery, he connects and disconnects with his girlfriend, Alysse, an aspiring singer who is falling under the spell of a manipulative club owner seducing her into his dangerous world. As Tommy begins to understand and embrace DJ'ing as a way to connect people, Alysse goes into a downward spiral. Paul Currie makes an exceptional directorial debut that marks him as one of Australia's brightest filmmakers to emerge in recent years. Along with creating a distinct and original aesthetic style, Currie is able to guide honest performances from a talented group of young and veteran actors. One Perfect Day's stunning visuals riff against music essential to the story including original and remixed tracks from Paul Van Dyk, The Dust Brothers, Moby, Orbital, and Underworld.

Film Information
Year: 2003
Length: 104 minutes
Language: English
Country: Australia
Premiere: International
About the Director(s)

An Australian whose work ranges from commercial and film directing to live events on a massive scale, Paul Currie's most recent project was as director of the critically acclaimed documentary Lionheart: The Jesse Martin Story. He also served as ISIS Communications Creative Director for World Reconciliation Day, a live and filmed event that featured appearances by Nelson Mandela and Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. Currie studied directing with the acclaimed Los Angeles teacher/director Milton Katselas. As a founder of the Elliot Currie Drama Studios in Melbourne, he has himself trained some of Australia's leading performers. Currie also produced the Australian action feature film Under the Gun, and coauthored the bestselling book, A Hero's Journey, which included a foreword by Bryce Courtney.

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