Tag: Ryan Corr

HACKSAW RIDGE

Where do I start!!?

I couldn’t go to bed without blogging about this film.

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I’ve just been to see it at an Unlimted screening. It opens here in the UK officially on Friday and OMG!!! You have to go and see it.

Absolutely stunning film.
It tells the story of American Army Medic Desmond Doss, who during WWII, refused to carry a weapon and in an unbelievable act of heroism saved the lives of 75 men at Hacksaw Ridge in Okinawa. He never fired a single shot and won the medal of honor.

The film is astounding. I can’t praise it enough.
The first half of the film tells the story of Desmond’s early life and sets up the man and why he became a conscientious objector. It’s light hearted and funny.

When he enlists, the scenes at the training camp are hilarious but when you finally get to the nitty gritty war scenes, it’s a completely different story.

They have totally succeeded in getting you to feel exactly what it must have been like to fight in close quarters during that war.
It’s heart stopping and gut wrenching and harrowing.
It’s unbelievable that these men actually went over that ridge more than once and what Doss did, all on his own, throughout the night was an absolute miracle.

Now, as much as I’d like to see Andrew Garfield get an Oscar nomination for Silence, I think it’s more likely he’ll get a nomination for this. Amazing performance.

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As was the performance of Hugo Weaving as Doss’s Father.

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Apart from really bringing home the true nature of war, this film also shows the incredible courage of individuals when facing their own beliefs.

Oh yes, last but not least…..

I had completely forgotten that Ryan Corr made an appearance in this film.

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I nearly choked when he turned up, I was so happy.
Right in the middle of the bloodiest battle I think I’ve witnessed on the big screen, I actually had a smile from ear to ear!!

The smile did not last long.

Truly wonderful film. Do not miss the chance to see it on the big screen.

HOLDING THE MAN

Ok, I just need to get this off my chest now.

I have recently become obsessed with a film and the book that inspired it.
‘Holding the Man’

The story of a 15 year relationship.
Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo met during their years at high school in the 70’s.
Timothy was always acutely aware of his sexuality but John wasn’t.
John was a man’s man and it wasn’t until high school, when he met and fell in love with Timothy that he embraced his own sexuality.
The story follows their ups and downs. Their experimentation with other partners during their University years which ultimately led to their HIV status and ultimate deaths in 1992 and 1994 respectively.
How Timothy had to deal with watching John die knowing that he’d probably infected him in the first place.
It’s an absolutely stunning film with amazing performances from Ryan Corr as Timothy and Craig Stott as John.

The memoir is something else!
It is written in a very childlike and naive way. Almost as if Timothy was just writing to get things down before he died. Get his memories in place while he still could as he was battling dementia. This makes it both hilarious because of the verbal diarhoea and heartbreaking becaue of it’s complete honesty.

The book and the film both end with the same line.
Ci vedremo lassu, anjelo….
Which translates to….
I’ll see you up there, angel!!

OMG! even now, as I write those lines, it has me in tears.

It’s an absolutely wonderful film. It’s funny, it’s sad and it sends a message.

As I write this it also occurs to me that the film had an amazing soundtrack.
After all, it takes place predominantly in the 70’s and 80’s
So here is a list of some of the music and songs used in the soundtrack.
Forever and a year by Rufus Wainwright – KILLS ME EVERY TIME –  and if you’ve seen the film, you’ll know why.
Enjoy.

 

DISH OF THE WEEK #70 RYAN CORR

Time for another Dish of the Week.

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He’s an actor I’m sure we are going to see much more of in the future.

He’s only 27 which makes me old enough to be his Mother!! How depressing.
I’ve only actually seen him in 2 things and in both of them he had me sobbing.

He played ‘Art’ in ‘The Water Diviner’ with Russell Crowe.
A relatively small part but pivotal to the whole film.

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Mainly set in the years after the first world war, Russell Crowe plays a father looking for the bodies of his three sons who were lost at Gallipolli.
Turns out, one of them survived, ‘Art’, but he cannot forgive himself for what happened to his brothers and in the scene where you finally find out why he feels that way, I defy you not to cry!!
Ryan Corr is absolutely heartbreaking and pulls off a stunning performance.

His breakthrough film though is ‘Holding the Man’
Indeed he won GQ breakthrough actor of the year in 2015 for this role.
He also won the Australian Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor and the Australian Film Institutes Award for Best Actor for his role in this fim.

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In ‘Holding the Man’ he plays Tim Conigrave.
The Mail Online stated…..

Melbourne-born Ryan takes the leading role in the Australian film adaptation of the 1995 memoir Holding The Man.
Ryan plays the late Timothy Conigrave, the Australian man who penned the novel about his life and long term gay relationship in the seventies.
The best selling book focuses on Timothy’s life partnership with John Caleo, who he met in high school.
It explores the highs and lows of their love, along with the tragic news that both men had tested positive to HIV in the mid-eighties.
Winning a United Nations Human Rights Award the story has previously been adapted for stage, with a film the latest achievement for the publication.

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The film is both funny and absolutely heart crushing!!
A stunning testament to a courageous relationship in a time that wasn’t quite as forgiving as it is now, but we still have a long way to go.
Again, you will need a box of tissues for this one, particularly the last 5 minutes!!

So, after this it would appear that Ryan has been brought onto the Hollywood radar.
He’s done a few shorts and continued with Australian TV but he’s also in a movie due for release later this year Starring Andrew Garfield, Hugo Weaving and Sam Worthington about Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who during WWII,  refuses to kill people and becomes the first conscientious objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
Ryan plays Lt Manville. He’s not in the trailer and I can’t see it being a huge part but it gets his foot in the door for bigger things.

So there you have it.
An actor I’m sure will see huge success in his future.
And very easy on the eyes too!!

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