Newsnight Review discussed Tadpole, a low budget film shot over two weeks on digital video.
(Edited highlights of the panel's review taken from the teletext subtitles that are generated live for Newsnight Review.)
I little thought when 40 years ago I read
Catcher in the Rye I would have to sit
through this film. It is unbelievably
atrocious! The quotes from Bodilaire...
I am sorry, Voltaire. This is made in a
country that has banned French fries. Were
they doing that deliberately against that, or
were they just in the void? The word
"void" kept coming into it. It's hopeless.
Here we have a great
performance from Bebe Neuwirth. Great
performances from Weaver and Tom
Ritter, the king of American sitcoms. In a
way, this is a shrivelled up sitcom pilot, the
kind of thing you see for teenagers on
Disney, but not as good as that. It is the
young adventures of Woody Allen but
without the humour. It was more an
example of a love e-mail. One of the
problems is the fact it's shot on digital
video. They say it gives a theatrical feel,
but we get none of the great imagery we
get from cinema, we get none of the
liveness of theatre and the great actors and
actresses are left floundering as if they are
improvising something that isn't
particularly funny and if it was in
something like Curb Your Enthusiasm, it
would have been left on the cutting room
floor as not good enough.
Did you believe the relationship between
the young boy and the stepmother?
It wasn't sexy enough. It was just a little
too sexually timid and puritanical. You
know what Americans are like when it
comes to sex, they can never quite pull it
off. I like the digital video element of it.
It's terrific that Sigourney
Weaver and Bebe Neuwirth have come to
We are in a good time for women on
screen. At least women over 40 are
allowed to have sex and they don't end up
with their throats cut or divorced!