THAT'S NOT ME
Polly (Alice Foulcher) is an aspiring actress trying to make it in her hometown of Melbourne, but she is constantly mistaken for her celebrity twin sister Amy. Not even her parents (Andrew S. Gilbert, Catherine Hill) understand her frustration. Why can't she just be happy for her sister, they ask? As she becomes more and more resentful and desperate, Polly searches for answers - how to manage her life.
Review by Louise Keller:
Like the contents of the can of air freshener that Polly clutches as she practices a make-believe Oscar acceptance speech in the opening scene, this charming, funny low-budget comedy is a breath of fresh air. It's an auspicious feature debut for first time director Gregory Erdstein and his talented star Alice Foulcher, who together have written a splendid screenplay filled with acute observations and hilarious comic touches tinged with pathos. Sibling rivalry, celebrity and chasing dreams have never been so much fun in this energetic, uplifting character-driven comedy that soars as surely as the trajectory of its irresistible star.
As Polly, Foulcher is a knockout. She is unselfconscious and instantly likeable as the more talented less lucky identical twin whose life is kidnapped by the success of her sibling. Whether it is buying tampons in the supermarket or serving choc-tops at the local cinema where she works part time, Polly is constantly mistaken for her sister Amy (also played by Foulcher). 'We don't always get what we want; life can be disappointing,' she is reminded by the assistant cinema manager (Steve Mouzaki, appealing).
The script takes us on Polly's journey as she finds herself in awkward and impossible situations in both her personal and professional lives. Watch for the scene at the networking function when Polly meets Oliver (Rowan Davie, suitably creepy), a would-be director with whom she has an awkward one-night stand. The 'twin' story he tells about the ballet star and her sister is forever burnt in our memory. We feel for Polly as she battles an unsympathetic agent (Janine Watson), selfish flatmates (Belinda Misevski, Lloyd Allison-Young) and even her parents (Andrew S. Gilbert and Catherine Hill), who cannot stop praising her sister as she wins a plum role in an HBO series with Jared Leto. Isabel Lucas is terrific as Polly's go-getter actress friend in Hollywood who goes to impressive fishy lengths to show she has 'grit' and Richard Davies is excellent as Amy's ex, who mistakenly thinks Polly is Amy.
Erdstein has an appealing directing style and we are constantly looking into Polly's life - be it through a window, from a doorway or through shelves in a supermarket. Ultimately, the film explores the full statement of its title as Polly searches for what she really wants. Quirky, funny, poignant and totally charming, That's Not Me is a winner and a great showcase for its director and star.
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THAT'S NOT ME (MA15+)
CAST: Alice Foulcher, Isabel Lucas, Richard Davies, Belinda Misevski, Rowan Davie, Andrew S. Gilbert, Catherine Hill, Lloyd Allison-Young, Janine Watson, Steve Mouzakis
PRODUCER: Anna Kojevnikov, Sally Storey
DIRECTOR: Gregory Erdstein
SCRIPT: Gregory Erdstein, Alice Foulcher
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Shelley Farthing-Dawe
EDITOR: Ariel Shaw
MUSIC: Nicholas Pollock
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Sally Addinsall
RUNNING TIME: 85 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Shoreline Entertainment
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: September 7, 2017