garage days (2003)


director: alex proyas

kick gurry, maya stange, pia miranda

If you’ve ever been in a band, you’ll know that the rock and roll lifestyle at the cheap end of the scale is a dreary, tedious, banal one. Perhaps this is why director Alex Proyas felt a need to goose his story of a struggling Sydney rock band with the sort of time-stopping camera stunts that you’d expect from an action thriller.

Kick Gurry plays the band’s leader, who’s in love with his best mate Joe’s girl, played by the usually luminous Maya Stange (XX/XY, In A Savage Land). Joe (Brett Stiller), on the other hand, is apparently having an affair with a death-obsessed goth chick, and contemplating thoughts of suicide. There’s also the usual story of a major league manager and the chance of a big break, which is about as original as an Andy Hardy film and only half as exciting.

The film’s big gag - that the band just aren’t very good - arrives like a gentle slap, and makes you wonder why Proyas bothered wasting his visual fireworks on a bunch of duffers. The movie standard for showing the exhilarating misery of life in a band remains Bruce McDonald’s Hard Core Logo.