Tom White

15 Jul

Tom White (played by Colin Friels) always wanted to be an architect – but he never made it, so he’s a draftsman at a Melbourne building design company. He’s married to Helen (by Rachel Blake) and he adores his two young children. His life is pretty normal really, he lives in suburbia, every day he sees his children off to school, dresses in his suit and goes to work himself, much like most other working fathers. One day, he starts work as usual … but then his day takes a completely different turn. Suddenly things turn upside down and he doesn’t recognize himself or his life any more – he checks out of everything and takes himself to a different place – physically and emotionally. He rejects his work, completely disappears from his family, ends up in other places to live and generally loses himself totally. His world becomes a life on the streets and he doesn’t want to find his way back – for Tom there’s no back, only here and now. Tom interacts with a series of people, each adding to the evolving Tom White. Matt (by Dan Spielman), a young male prostitute shares Tom’s wish to “live for the moment”, but when this dissipates Tom is drawn to Christine (by Loene Carmen), breaking-free of a bad situation involving drugs and violence. Then the curious old Malcolm (by Bill Hunter) who adopts Tom for a while – and Tom then finds himself a father figure to Jet (by Jarryd Jinks) whose own father is not so reliable. What will become of Tom? Will he come to his senses and find his way back to his family and his life? …

This is a nicely told story of one man’s journey to somewhere … he doesn’t know where, he’s just moving along and taking in what happens. The underside of Melbourne is the backdrop for this, which means much of the production is dark and a little depressing – but that reflects this world. Colin Friels’ shines in this role – it’s one of those exquisite performances that looks so natural it’s like no effort whatsoever, but it is really marvellous – you totally believe Tom’s life, predicaments and experiences. Colin Friels manages to keep a strong connection with his audience all through this story, while other characters come and go and we don’t really develop a strong relationship with any others. Rachel Blake is good – she always is and the best character performance, apart from Colin Friels’ of course, is Bill Hunter as Matt – that’s really great. He’s just excellent – no surprise there. David Fields plays a marvellous, “menacing” role as Phil and both Loene Carmen and Dan Spielman are very good. As Jet, Jarryd Jinks shows he has a great future ahead of him. Well done everyone – it’s a great Aussie drama.

Made in 2004. Directed by Alkinos Tsilimidos

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