Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Griff the Invisible

Griff the Invisible
Dir/scr: Leon Ford. Australia. 2010. 94mins


Here's a superhero film from Australia which shows that English language superheroes don't have to be American. Although compared unfavourably to the similar American film Super (2010), it might be worth watching for fans of True Blood because it stars Ryan Kwanten, who plays the role of Sookie's brother, Jason. As I write this, I realise that the reason I'm suggesting for watching this film, is its connection to an American programme. However I imagine that this connection will be a key aspect of the international marketing, and it does seem a part of the discourse surrounding the film on the internet. Does this speak of the ways that non-local cinemas are made familiar to an audience? This example exploits a familiar star, but others might use character, genre, spectacle or location to sell the film internationally.


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