Gem (Rhae-Kye Waites) is an 8-year-old girl who lives with her Aboriginal family within a small community located in Australia. Gem’s life changes forever after a death within her family occurs. Gem also begins to encounter an emu who catches her attention and develops a strong bond with her.
Thanks to the film director Imogen Thomas, Emu Runner is shot wonderfully. Our visuals showcase many beautiful landscapes and feature impressive shots of animals which honestly reminds viewers how awesome life truly is. I also loved many shots that include critical scenes, characters, birds, kangaroos and of course, our leading Emu. These type of shots would not have been simple to achieve on camera and found myself gratefully witnessing it throughout the film’s duration.
Acting is also pleasant as our drama includes positive performers from young and new actors on screen. One slight disappointment I did have when it came to this film was more to due to the way the film was Edited. When characters have conversations with one another, sometimes the editing of their discussions leads to the dialogue feeling it has been cut too quickly in editing and consequently becomes rushed and snappy.
Overall, Emu Runner is an enjoyable drama which has been filmed in Australia. With a heartfelt story of a young girl dealing with tragedy, the film brings many uplifting moments. The creative filming style featuring landscape and animals is also enjoyable. For a directional debut, this is one Australian film that deserves your support, and I look forward to seeing future film projects from director Imogen Thomas.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden