Giveaways: The Turning DVD and Blu-Ray – Sponsored by Madman Entertainment

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Thanks to the great folks over at Madman Entertainment, we are lucky enough to give Australian-based readers the chance to win limited collector’s editions of Tim Winton’s The Turning, a piece of cinema that we called “an attractively Australian film that translates Tim Winton’s beloved prose with integrity and skill.” Scroll down to see how you could win either a Blu-ray or DVD copy of this landmark film.

Eighteen of Australia’s best directors, a giant cast featuring some of Australia’s most talented actors, all working to bring one of Tim Winton’s most brilliant novels to the big screen. With contributions from such unique voices as Robert Connolly (Balibo), Warwick Thornton (Samson & Delilah), Tony Ayres (Home Song Stories), Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) and Mia Wasikowska, among many more, and starring Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto and so many other talented individuals, this watershed film reinterprets and re-imagines Winton’s work for the screen.

Discover an extraordinary filmmaking collaboration in TIM WINTON’S THE TURNING. Eighteen talented Australian directors from diverse artistic disciplines each create a chapter of the hauntingly beautiful novel by multi award-winning author Tim Winton. The linking and overlapping stories explore the extraordinary turning points in ordinary people’s lives in a stunning portrait of a small coastal community. As characters face second thoughts and regret, relationships irretrievably alter, resolves are made or broken, and lives change direction forever.

For a chance to win, simply answer the following question:

Who, of the eighteen brilliant directors that took part in the making of this film, starred opposite Johnny Depp in a Tim Burton film? 

Was it…

a) Robert Connolly

b) Justin Kurzel

c) David Wenham

d) Mia Wasikowska

That’s it! Just enter your answer, along with your name and choice of DVD or Blu-Ray (subject to availability), in the comments section below for your chance to win!

Now, as if you need more of a reason to enter this great competition, here’s an excerpt from our complete review of the film.

Written by Douglas Whyte:


…Tim Winton’s The Turning is obviously an ambitious film. It’s what everyone will say after seeing it. With 18 directors, each with their own cast and crew independently tackling each of the short stories from Winton’s collection of the same name, it’s impossible not to call it ambitious. But that’s the point. How else, if not ambitiously, is an anthology film made? Ambition is admirable. And this quality is the film’s greatest strength.

In effect, the characters are metamorphic, dreamlike. Critics have already devoured this aspect of the film, complaining how dislocated it makes them feel. I would argue against this, believing that the transformative nature of each character conveys, like Winton’s writing does, a sense of necessary fragmentation. Short stories and short films work with deliberately inconclusive ideas. The characters in The Turning are insecure, unsure of their places in the world, generationally affected, incomplete. What better way to represent their fragility than constantly manipulating their image, an unapologetically conceptual technique.

As an anthology of short films, The Turning is surprisingly consistent. Of course, some of the films are better than others, but this doesn’t mean they do not fit. The films that are most affecting are the ones that work with Winton’s beautifully restrictive prose, that express through tone, music, and gesture, how contained his characters are. Not relying too heavily on dialogue and explanations, trustingly throwing the audience into scenes of established tension…Producer Robert Connelly has put together an attractively Australian film that translates Tim Winton’s beloved prose with integrity and skill.


Conditions of entry:

  • Competition closes at 11:59 pm, March 22. AEST.
  • Only open for those living in Australia.
  • Decisions are final.
  • Winners will be notified via e-mail.

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