directed by Rowan Woods
Australia 2005


Little Fish” centres around former drug addict Tracy (Cate Blanchett) and her attempt to lead a normal life, weighted down by her past, and being a mother’s daughter, a brother’s sister and a best friend’s friend.

Scripted by Jacqueline Perske, this is mainly a character story and show piece for some of the most brilliant character acting yet to be seen by Blanchett and co-star Hugo Weaving, who are absorbed by character and story to such a degree, that even their most minute gesture spark a drive of narrative. Weaving is completely torn from his iconic role as Agent Smith in “The Matrix” and Blanchett demonstrates – for me – the strongest and best female acting I have seen from her yet and this year.

If the script had been as strong as its characters, this would have been one of the best films of the year, but sadly it doesn’t utilize its full potential and often lets its grip of a dramatic situation fade away. Having said that, this is by no means a badly written film, just not good enough to be years best material.

“Little Fish” is a at time painful story, played beyond perfection by Blanchett and Weaving, and beautifully shot. It may not be a masterpiece, but it is worth every second.


Henrik Sylow


Theatrical Release: July 20, 2005 (Melbourne International Film Festival)

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DVD Review: Tartan - Region 2 - PAL

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:49:15

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.39 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Australian, 5.1 Dolby Digital Australian, DTS Australian
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Tartan

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by Rowan Woods
• Interview with Rowan Woods (23:50 / 16x9)
• Making 'Little Fish' (20:18 / 16x9)
• Deleted Scenes with optional commentary (6:01 / 4x3)
• Original Trailer (2:12 / 16x9)

DVD Release Date: October 23, 2006
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Minute signs of compression artefacts, the transfer looks beautiful. Strong colours, deep blacks, strong details.

The additional material beautifully supports this film and the efforts behind it, starting with an audio commentary by director Rowan Woods, then an interview with same, a making of and some deleted scenes with optional commentary by both Woods and writer Jacqueline Perske.

 - Henrik Sylow



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