Mini Review – The King is Dead

The King is Dead!

Mercifully Short Review
by Jonathan Empson


Max and Therese move into a suburban house. They’re nice. There are nice neighbours… on one side. On the other is the drug-fried, weak-willed King (Gary Waddell, perfect), whose house is used by his aggressive, ice-fuelled ‘friends’ for all-night parties.

Max and Therese get burgled – twice – and the cops aren’t much help, so they plot ways to get their peace back. So far, so ‘relatable’, as the Americans say. At (long, long,) long last, M&T take action.

I respect writer/director Rolf de Heer (Bad Boy BubbyTen Canoes) , but I get annoyed when indie filmmakers try to make ‘mainstream’ movies without studying their rules. Clear protagonist, internal goal, strong antagonist, stakes, urgency. And genre: this is a little bit black comedy, a little bit thriller and a little bit Neighbours. C’mon, Rolf de Harris: do you know what it is yet?

A good premise let down by a sluggish and messy plot.


Released July 12, 2012.

Jonathan Empson’s TV script Chrome was nominated for an AWGIE in 2010.

His recently completed historical drama-comedy feature Leonardo’s War is in circulation, and his black comedy-thriller Get Out of Here has been optioned.

He is represented by Rick Raftos Management.

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