THE BIG STEAL
WED 3 JAN, 3PM | Arc Cinema | $10/$8
1990 | PG | 99mins | AUSTRALIA | D: Nadia Tass
Claudia Karvan and Ben Mendelsohn in Nadia Tass’s car comedy.
"[Nadia] Tass riffs on a message familiar to teen caper movies: that adolescents can be pretty damn smart when they put their minds to it. A similar message was explored in a different context in Tass’s previous film Malcolm, a comedy about a slow-witted man-child who is also a fiendishly clever inventor. There is something wonderfully immature about The Big Steal’s sense of moral comeuppance, how its characters go about achieving the right thing in the wrong ways. Mendelsohn, in his first leading role, has a bright-eyed glow about him, the look of a kid wrestling with his place in the universe." - Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian