With a myriad of international festival Official Selections and Awards garnered on BIRTHDAY’s triumphant journey from independent production to its limited Australian theatrical release and now Australian DVD release, this provocative drama has been touted as “one of the best Australian films ever made” (Planet Urban), and “a delicate, unique experience... a cause for celebration” (Cut Print Review), with Gryphon Entertainment likening the film in tone, content and style to such hit titles as Lost In Translation and Elegy. BIRTHDAY hits stores on DVD from tomorrow, June 21.
M is the highest paid professional of the many girls at Scarlet’s, but, even on her 25th birthday, it’s business as usual. M’s trade is sex, but sex doesn’t sell the way it used to; what client’s are searching for, paying for... is love. Instead of celebrating, her day is spent answering the silent prayers of Father Phillip, who has lost his faith and providing counsel to her colleagues, the vivacious Lily and troubled Cindy. Amidst the many dramas that unfold and the demands of the no-nonsense Scarlet, M’s secret birthday wish goes unanswered, that is, until Joey knocks on her door; a young man, forgotten by the world, who has never learned to love, or even how to kiss. But Joey also has a secret, it’s his birthday too, and today M might just discover that even the smallest, most unexpected wish, can come true. BIRTHDAY encompasses lost love, first times, humanity and the discovery of intimacy in surprising and unexpected places.
Courtesy of Flip It Red Entertainment and Gryphon Entertainment, I have three DVD copies of Birthday to give away. To enter, simply send your name, address and the name of M's trade (it's here in the post) to firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Birthday' as the subject. Winners will be notified by email, and the DVD will be mailed out personally to the winners.
Entries close at 11pm on Wednesday June 27.
NOTE: This giveaway is only valid for Australian residents for mailing purposes.
Writer/Director J.Harkness said of the DVD launch of Birthday through Gryphon Entertainment:
“The audiences that have been lucky enough to see the film already in either its limited theatrical run or at the festivals we’ve screened at, are passionate about seeing it again, this is always expressed to me, it’s a film people want to see more than once; and for those who have yet to discover our film, we’re really delighted that you’ll get to see it now that it’s coming out on DVD. In this changing industry, this current film climate, it’s getting harder and harder for Australian audiences to have access to Australian films, especially dramas; Birthday is a film with a very big heart, and we always intended as many people to see it as possible, and it seems, these days, the best way to do that is via DVD.”
The DVD also includes an audio commentary with writer/director J.Harkness, and cast members Natalie Eleftheriadis and Travis McMahon, interviewed by esteemed film critic, Ripitup Magazine’s Dave Bradley.