Sydney Film Festival - Day 11, Two Tales About Two Tims

A busy week hindered the watching of films at the Sydney Film Festival.  I finally managed to catch a couple today, which both happened to be about blokes called Tim.   

The HBO documentary, Which Way To The Front Line From Here?  The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington, is made by Hetherington's co-director of Restrepo and fellow journalist Sebastian Junger. It is a straightforward documentary about British photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington who was killed by shrapnel from a mortar attach during the Libyan civil war in 2011. It is a personal film that delves into what drives Tim as an artist, a photo journalist, a man, a survivor of war.  What comes across the most is ultimately what is portrayed as Tim's main focus for his work - chronicling young men and what war is to them and does to them.  He tried to capture the quiet times in between the fighting and the atrocities of war.  By the looks of the documentary he succeeded in capturing those moments.  Just as this documentary manages to capture elements of what seemed to drive Tim Hetherington to do what he did.  


Greetings from Tim Buckley is a US indie directed by Daniel Algrant.  The film focuses on Jeff Buckley (Penn Badgley) in the lead up to the tribute concert for his father Tim Buckley (Ben Rosenfield) in Brooklyn 1991.  The film cuts between Jeff's struggle to shrug off the shadow of his father's legacy and find his own voice and flashbacks to Tim Buckley leaving California for New York in 1966, where he plays the Cafe Wha and begins to build his career.  It is nicely made with some great performances and well made concert scenes.  The script lets the film down a bit, with the character of Jeff Buckley coming across as a bit whiny and cliched tortured artist. However, the joy in the movie comes from the use of both Tim Buckley's music and Jeff Buckley's music.  If you come to the movie the fan of one of the singers, you will leave a fan of both.