Cate Blanchett, alongside movie director Warwick Thornton, made a guest appearance at Melbourne’s Astor Theatre ahead of the premiere of The New Boy film last Saturday evening with an opportunity for the audience to be involved in a Q&A at the end of the screening.
The New Boy is incredibly moving and is set in the 1940s with the arrival of an aboriginal boy known as the New Boy, played by Aswan Reid, who is captured and sent off to a remote monastery. The monastery is run by sister Eileen, played by Cate Blanchett.
Warwick Thornton, known for his powerful storytelling and visually striking films, brings his unique directorial style to The New Boy. Thornton, uses his expertise and beautifully captures the struggles faced by the New Boy, as he navigates a world that is foreign and unwelcoming. Through his lens, we are transported back in time, experiencing the emotional turmoil and resilience of the characters.
As the lights dim in the historic Astor Theatre, anticipation fills the air. The audience eagerly awaits the screening of The New Boy, knowing that they are about to witness a cinematic masterpiece that will leave an indelible mark on their hearts and minds.
The movie begins, and from the very first scene, it becomes evident that this is not just a story about one boy’s journey; it is a profound exploration of humanity, compassion, and the power of acceptance. The audience is captivated by the exceptional performances of the entire cast, particularly Aswan Reid, whose portrayal of the New Boy is both heart-wrenching and inspiring.
Cate Blanchett’s performance as Sister Eileen is nothing short of extraordinary. With her immense talent and dedication, she brings depth and vulnerability to the character, effortlessly immersing herself in The New Boy’s world. As the story unfolds, Blanchett’s on-screen chemistry with Reid creates a bond that tugs at the audience’s heartstrings, leaving not a single dry eye in the theatre.
Warwick Thornton’s direction is a masterclass in storytelling. Through his meticulous attention to detail and expert cinematography, he transports us to a time and place that feels painfully real. The hauntingly beautiful soundtrack, composed by a talented team led by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, complements the visuals, enhancing the emotional impact of each scene.
By Melinda Sullivan