Sunday, 20 September 2009
Another of reel world matters' pick of the films to see at this year's LFF, Cracks marks the feature debut of Ridley Scott's daughter Jordan, previously an accomplished promo and commercials director. Adapted from a novel by Shelia Kohler and set in an elite British boarding school in 1934, Cracks is described as a Lord Of The Flies-style drama of adolescent obsession and innocence corrupted, with Eva Green as a free-spirited teacher determined to instill in her pupils a yearning for free thinking, late-night parties and diving lessons in the nearby lake. But the arrival of an exotic Spanish student (María Valverde) throws the school into disarray, bringing about the cracks of the title. Shot by Ridley regular John Mathieson, with dad and uncle Tony on board as executive producers, Cracks shows that, as far as directing talent is concerned, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.