GREEN CINE Already a member? login
 Your cart
Advanced Search
- Genres
+ Action
+ Adult
+ Adventure
+ Animation
+ Anime
+ Classics
+ Comedies
+ Comic Books
+ Crime
  Criterion Collection
+ Cult
+ Documentary
+ Drama
+ Erotica
+ Espionage
+ Fantasy
+ Film Noir
+ Foreign
+ Gay & Lesbian
  HD (High Def)
+ Horror
+ Independent
+ Kids
+ Martial Arts
+ Music
+ Musicals
+ Quest
+ Science Fiction
+ Silent
+ Sports
+ Suspense/Thriller
  Sword & Sandal
+ Television
+ War
+ Westerns

Under the Lighthouse Dancing (1997)

Cast: Jack Thompson, Jack Thompson, Jacqueline McKenzie, more...
Director: Graeme Rattigan, Graeme Rattigan
    see all cast/crew...
Studio: Bfs Entertainment
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Romance, Australia & New Zealand
Running Time: 94 min.
    see additional details...

Harry and his much-younger girlfriend surprise their friends one vacation weekend by announcing their desire to marry immediately. As they are visiting a small island village off the coast of west Australia, that is easier said than done. The weekend began with the aforementioned couple and their friends Louise and David sailing out to Rocknest Island to visit their friends Garth, a doctor, and Juliet. The island is truly beautiful, as is the watercolor-like cinematography, and everyone has a good time. It is Emma who drops the bomb, and even Harry is surprised, for he has made no plans for their ceremony. It turns out that neither of the island ministers can do the job on such short notice. Emma then drops another bomb, telling them that she is terminally ill. This galvanizes all to action, and in very little time and with much resourcefulness, the wedding takes place followed by a grand party. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Under-appreciated by squad September 4, 2004 - 9:17 PM PDT
Because this is not yet widely recognized two good reviews of this film may be found at under-the-lighthouse-dancing.html and

"Under the Lighthouse Dancing"
This 1997 film has apparently just recently become available on DVD, but my guess is that it will gain momentum in gathering followers as the years pass, much like "Somewhere in Time" the romantic film starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymore. "Under the Lighthouse Dancing" is a unique film. The scenery is novel and beautiful, in the coastal area of Perth, Australia. As I watched I could see that the director really cared about his work, that is, didn't "phone it in". Just the opposite, taking great pains and expense to have an abundance of scenes all in great settings. In the wedding reception, for example, he creatively used fabric in the tradition of Kurosawa in "Ran" and the artist Christo, famed for his fabric wrappings of large objects. You have to be patient with "Under the Lighthouse Dancing", because it is a film that builds momentum all the way through. It starts off superficially with humor depicting a bumbling Romeo, reminiscent of the bashful guide in "The Gods Must Be Crazy", but as the film goes on it gains emotion and energy. While the characters are not deeply explored individually, their group situation is. My feeling is that this is definitely a "chick-flick", but as an example of that genre it deserves respect. The first-time director, Graeme Rattigan, probably made this film as a labor of love, and it shows. It is a film to accept at face value in totality, as I said, be patient with it through the end. It didn't let me down.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 8.00)
1 Votes
add to list New List

about greencine · donations · refer a friend · support · help · genres
contact us · press room · privacy policy · terms · sitemap · affiliates · advertise

Copyright © 2005 GreenCine LLC. All rights reserved.
© 2006 All Media Guide, LLC. Portions of content provided by All Movie Guide®, a trademark of All Media Guide, LLC.