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Catholic Film Office picks "Tom White" as Film of the Year

The jury of the Australian Catholic Film Office has awarded its 2004 Film of the Year to the film Tom White, the Alkinos Tsilimidos film that starred Colin Friels.

Office Director and Jury Chair, Fr Richard Leonard said, "The jury was struck by the brave way Tom White bought to the Australian public the ongoing tragedy of mental illness in Australia."

"The Burdekin Report told us that over 70% of all homeless people in Australia suffered from mental illness. In large measure this was from the wholesale closure of many mental health facilities. But it was also shown that people went onto the street because of mid-life mental health crisis. This is the world Tom White explores,"

The jury awarded the prize because of the poignant way Alkinos Tsilimidos sensitively directs Colin Friels, in an outstanding performance.

"What is most frightening about Daniel Keene's poignant script is that Tom's world starts out so normally. He is a suburban husband and father who suffers a mid-life mental collapse with disastrous consequences for everyone."

"Composer Paul Kelly opens and closes the film with an adaptation of the 23rd Psalm. At the start it alerts filmgoers, that we about to walk through the darkest valley, where through the most unlikely of people be Tom's comfort.

"Tom White" is named Australian Film of the Year by the Catholic Film Office for 2004 (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 23/3/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Tom White (Australian Catholic Media Office Film Review - Fr Richard Leonard SJ)
Tom White (ABC At The Movies)
A walk on the White side (The Age 20/8/04)
Tom White (IMDB)

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24 Mar 2005