Film Review: Here I Am (2010)

24 May

By Mia Robinson

87 minutes

Written and directed by Beck Cole (First Australians), featuring Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah) as cinematographer.

Karen (Shai Pittman) is a single mother and a lost soul.  We follow her journey as she is released from prison with nowhere to go.  She attempts to reconnect with her mother, Lois (Marcia Langton) who has taken custody of her daughter.  Karen’s real struggle is in convincing her family that she has changed and being forgiven for her past involvement in drugs and abuse.  The film also portrays the cycles of behavior in the family unit and the challenge to break this cycle.  Taking refuge in a women’s shelter, Karen connects with other women in circumstances similar to her own.  This is a film about motherhood and trying to reform ones life, and having the strength and self-esteem to do so.

Focusing on the plight of Indigenous Australian women, it portrays the hurdles that women of this background have to deal with.

Watching a drama of this sort, I would hope that the film would help me to see something with a different perspective, or at the very least portray an original character or an original narrative.  Instead of writing to a stereotype, I would like to watch something that rewrites and plays with the stereotype.  Whilst this film did not deliver on these levels, it was enjoyable enough and had many some touching and funny moments.

Set in Port Adelaide, the film’s strength is the cinematography; its portrayal of old pubs and buildings and a broken-down town instill an idyllic sensation in the viewer.  In this regard, the crippled but surviving town seems to mirror the plight of the struggling characters.


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Here I Am is in cinemas nationally June 2nd, 2011.


2 Responses to “Film Review: Here I Am (2010)”

  1. Anonyme January 13, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    I don’ t know Australia but I think it ‘ a good film, very sesnsitive story and a beautiful character, and I learn some hard realities of social life. I prefer this kind of film than films which are pure entertainment.


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