Around the Block, Directed by Sarah Spillane opens theatrically Friday August 1st, 2014 at the Arena Cinema in Hollywood. Being an admirer of Christina Ricci’s work, from Adams Family to Buffalo ’66 to Monster, Christina Ricci has a large body of work, playing characters that are both enjoyable to watch, and interesting. I’m really excited to see what their spin on the age old tale of a "fish out of water," going into an inner city school and teaching, thus creating positive change.
Around The Block had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and toured the world as an independent film at festivals, garnering acclaim. With a cast including Hunter Page-Lochard, Jack Thompson, Damian Walsh-Howling, Ruby Rose, and of course, Christina Ricci, this movie has made its mark, its own place, in the fish out of water teacher, going into the bad neighborhood, to make a positive change, type of movie story.
Around The Block tells its tale in the time of the Redfern riots, back in 2004. Dino (Ricci) an American drama teacher, who has a distinct passion for Shakespeare, moves to live with her fiance, in Redfern, where she attains a job at the local school which is facing the possibility of their last term, aka closing.
Dino Chalmers (Ricci), produces a Shakespeare play for the Indigenous culture program, and bonds with an incredibly talented, yet troubled, 16 year old boy, Aborigine Liam (Page-Lochard). Aborigine has a father in jail and an older brother, who is, hell bent on getting justice for the murder of their uncle. Aborigine, obviously has some family turmoil to work out.
Along the way both Dino and Aborigine help each other grow and make better life choices. Dino faces some difficult decisions in her own personal life, just as Aborigine does as well, forcing him to face his past and take his life back. There is nothing more beautiful in life than making positive change and helping those around you have a better life, and an amazing future.
I’m looking forward to seeing Sarah Spillane’s Around The Block, which makes its Los Angeles debut tomorrow, Friday, August 1st, 2014 at Arena Cinema in Hollywood 1625 N Las Palmas Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028
You can see the trailer here: