of media quotes
A “totally unpretentious tale of individual destiny, full of endless subplots and intrigue, and it is a joy to watch.”
Michelle Carey, Artistic Director, Melbourne International Film Festival.
on the River Yarra
Holidays on the River Yarra
is strong, real and allegorical at the same time. Holidays
on the River Yarra...is a rich, truthful, poignant but not
bleak commentary on the difficulties of growing up in contemporary
at Cannes" by Jan Epstein, Cinema
Papers; Edition 84, August 1991; pp 32-33
"Berkeley has made a 'small' film, but one rich in undercurrents...And
he draws truly vivid and believable performances from his generally
on the River Yarra Review" by Tony Rayns, Vancouver
Film Festival Program; 1991; page 26
"Leo Berkeley has come up with an excellent debut feature...The
film starts out as a seemingly typical study of teen unemployment,
shifts gears into bizarre black comedy, and then takes yet another,
sharper turn, providing an ending which is quite unnerving."
on the River Yarra Review" by David Stratton, The
Australian; October 12, 1991
on the River Yarra
film displays refreshing energy and boldness in the way it plays
out its story. There is a real deftness in the way Berkeley manages
to maintain a tension between the gloomy realism of Brendan Lavelle's
images and the prevailing comic tone. But though Holidays
is frequently very funny, it never spills into farce, and it achieves
some extremely effective shifts in mood. This is top-shelf low-budget
film-making and the kind of film that leaves you wanting more."
On The River Yarra Review" by Tom Ryan, The
Sunday Age; September 29, 1991
TV screening for an unfairly forgotten Australian gem.Writer-director
Leo Berkeley weaves a mesmerising spell with this strange tale.
The bleak and unforgiving environment that Mick and Eddie trudge
through is lovingly nurtured by Berkeley, who balances a constant
undercurrent of doom with a freewheeling spirit and an endearingly
naïve sense of humour."
Of Movies" by Leigh Paatsch, Herald
Sun Guide; October 23, 2002; page 13
to Leo Berkeley profile