Australian director Fred Schepisi makes his return to the big screen with The Eye of the Storm, based on Patrick White’s novel of the same name. Geoffrey Rush and and Judy Davis star as brother and sister called to their controlling mother’s (played by Charlotte Rampling) deathbed after she’s suffered a stroke. The film seems to rely almost solely on these three actors situated in a familiar “family in conflict” plot, no doubt inspired by King Lear. But we can see a certain lightness in an otherwise dramatic and dark setup, mostly from Oscar-winner Rush. Schepisi’s also no stranger to adding a modern wit and spark to scripts based on classic plays: he helmed 1987’s Roxanne.
The Eye of the Storm is set to be released internationally in 2011. Do you plan on checking it out?