The Waiting City,
108 mins, rated TBC, opens in cinemas 15 July 2010.
By MICHELE ASPREY, Lawyer
(This is the first 2 paragraphs of my
review to be published in the July 2010 issue of the NSW Law
According to the Australian Attorney-General’s Department and the
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australians adopted 269
children from overseas in 2009-2009. That represented 61% of all
adoptions. The Institute says the number of overseas adoptions has
increased by 14% over the 25 years from 1984–85 to 2008–09.
The Waiting City is a new
Australian film that tells the story of a young couple, Fiona and Ben
who are adopting a child from India. Fiona (played by Radha Mitchell,
from Woody Allen’s Melinda and
Melinda (2004) and Lisa Cholodenko’s High Art (1998)) is a senior
associate vying for partnership in a law firm. Her husband Ben (Joel
Edgerton, from the recent Australian film The Square, which he also wrote,
and from the even more recent Animal
Kingdom (David Michôd)) was once a famous musician, but
it’s not really clear what he’s doing now. He’s obviously depressed.