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“Griff the Invisible”: unconventional superhero
Aussie native Ryan Kwanten is a long way away from his “True Blood” character, Jason Stackhouse, in the new Australian film, “Griff the Invisible”, which had its world premiere on Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“Griff”, directed by Leon Ford (most recently seen in the miniseries, “The Pacific”, as 1st Lt. Edward ‘Hillbilly’ Jones), is not exactly your typical caped-crusader movie. Set in Australia, Griff (played by Kwanten) is a socially awkward and bullied office worker — a la Clark Kent. At night, he assumes his alter-ego to protect his neighborhood in Melbourne.
He is able to juggle this double life, until he meets Melody (played by Maeve Dermody), a young woman who is just as socially awkward, but as the film describes it, “shares his passion for the impossible.”
If there is one similarity between Kwanten’s rather dim Stackhouse character and Griff, it is that they both exude a certain kind of vulnerability and innocence.
There are overtones of Superman, and other popular superheroes in “Griff”, but it’s not all that it seems. Halfway through the film, viewers begin to realize their assumptions about the film have been utterly wrong. Ford, Kwanten and other cast members were on hand for the screening and answered questions from the audience, who seemed charmed by the offbeat tale. Will a broader audience appreciate this quirky, unconventional take on the genre?
(Caption: (Top) Actor Ryan Kwanten makes a surprise appearance outside the Scotiabank Theatre ahead of the premiere of “Griff the Invisible” during the Toronto International Film Festival. September 10, 2010. REUTERS/Solarina Ho (Bottom) The cast and crew of “Griff the Invisible” speaks with audience members after the world premiere screening of the film during the Toronto International Film Festival. September 10, 2010. REUTERS/Solarina Ho)