Indian drama RRR enjoys ‘extraordinary’ success in Australia

The Australian box office is rent asunder by an explosive freedom-fighting mytho-history in a minority Indian language.
Symbolic two headed revolutionary

Let’s get the bad news out of the way. Feature documentary River is out on 37 screens for its first week, made $39,000 over the weekend and has taken $69,000 including previews. I am hearing stories of almost empty cinemas – indeed, I saw it with a friend and we were alone in the dark.

We were also thrilled to bits as Jen Peedom’s lush visuals worked magic with the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s music. Peter Bradshaw, the Guardian critic we often use as a reliable source of opinion, was snitty over the narration, but he is wrong in this case. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.