Film No 11 (2018) February 3rd. 10:45 PM LUNA PALACE Leederville .
"You both have such strong personalities." (Larry McPherson explains in warm terms to his daughter why she is often butting heads with her mum).
Coming of age films are a risky business for film makers. There are so many but the really outstanding ones are few and far between. So first-time director Greta Gerwig dips her toe in the whirlpool and gets it right first time with Lady Bird. Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson is a final year high school student from Sacramento (importantly) with attitude and, luckily for us, mesmerising charisma. The trailers would suggest the key moments in Lady Bird revolve around mum (Laurie Metcalfe) and daughter banter but for me the most telling scenes are with dad (Tracy Letts). No spoilers from me here. Gerwig has captured a difficult genre partly because she's an expert actor where timing, charm and charisma are key. At last a 90 minute film, cut to perfection and hardly a wasted moment. Bingo! 11GUMS.