Film Review: Comeback - Loop, Melbourne (18.07.12)

Comeback film pre-screening Loop, Melbourne

Loop is the ultimate venue to view projections and films, and was the space chosen to feature the pre-screening launch and Q & A for short film Comeback a comedy by Bernadette Keys, starring Steve Kilbey and Sam Sejavka .

Kilbey introduces the film and invites the audience to view the film in sessions; since the intimate theatrette has a capacity of about 20, but stresses that some of us may find the film so mind blowing that we will be desperate to see it again.

In Comeback Kilbey plays aging rocker Bobby Birdhouse who is invited to play “Woodrock” after being booed off stage at “Funbury 72” for stage fright. Neighbour come stalker Patti Boyd, played by Cecille Opie visits to offer comfort and sustenance in the form of carefully prepared meals, which are angrily knocked over by Birdhouse, and photographer daughter Tammy (Clem Bastow) and son Tim (Daniel Nicewski ) come over for a photo session to generate publicity for Birdhouses’ “Comeback”.

This short teaser is replete with puns and humour and some funny rock references about old rockers aging disgracefully, “Have you seen The Easybeats lately ?” asks Birdhouse. Hypochondriac daughter Tammy is suffering from a mild headache, but exclaims that “Luther Vandross had a head ache for four days and he died!” For a bit of drama Dad Birdhouse is playing favourites with his kids, goading Tim for not having a real job, and roadie and old mate Snake and self-confessed bogan (played with aplomb by Sejavka) is on hand to offer Bobby some moral support, if he can keep the Jim Beam at bay.

Director Bernadette Keys discussed her inspiration for the film, and how it came about; Keys who is Church fan, was at their anniversary tour at the Thonbury Theatre, and in short the concert and Steve’s humorous between song banter helped inspire the film and her choice of actor to play aging rocker. The black humour of the film extended to every patron receiving a free download of Kilbey’s song “You’re the one hundredth and one girl”.

Keys has made this into an eight part television series, so let’s hope one of networks picks this up and runs with a desperately needed Aussie comedy. It will be sure to have many viewers glued to the TV screen to see what happens next at what promises to be a fine black comedy.