Firstly, just about everyone is on holidays so there is a really laid back vibe to those six days that you don't get at any other time of the year. People are chilling out, they are all living their best lives and all of the frantic 'must get done before Christmas' stresses have been tossed aside and replaced with afternoon tipples, sleep ins, joyful time wasting and a general decompression of the past year.
Also, the weather is usually pretty lovely which offers everyone room in their lives for picnics, long walks, outdoorsy explorations, BBQ's, star gazing, novels in hammocks and long relaxed conversations at any given moment. You never feel guilty for wasting time because you're off the clock and time suddenly becomes completely irrelevant, it's absolutely heavenly!
And lastly, but certainly not least of all, because you just got gifted a whole bunch of new things you feel like a totally spoilt rich bitch for a while. You have new things to play and fiddle with, new clothes and jewellery to bling up on and often you'll even some some cash in your pocket to burn. For me, this year was particularly fortuitous and I got spoilt silly by by family and friends beyond anything that I could have imagined, it was both delightful and unexpected but let's not bullshit anyone here, it was also extremely enjoyable.
So now I happily find myself falling into the quiet in-between days and just like a lazy cat stretching out on a furry rug, it feels amazing! So far, I've been sketching, reviewing films on Spicywatch and binging TV. I've also been listening to audio books, meditating, walking, playing brain training apps, doing 45 minute yoga sessions and having Pisco sour cocktails in the afternoons. Tomorrow I am heading to Melbourne for the first time in over a year because of COVID restrictions and I have plans to spend a couple of days roaming the city with my best friend, visiting the NGV and hitting up Chinatown for Yum-Cha.
Oh yes it is the most wonderful time of the year! And I hope that you are all equally enjoying the quiet in-between days as much as I am and that you also enjoy a glorious and safe transition from 2020 to 2021. Let's hope that just like the quiet in-between days, that it's a gentler and kinder year to us all!
Release Date: 2020
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 120 mins
A drama film co-written and directed by Darius Marder that delivers a passionate account of what it feels like to belong in a deaf community. Unlike many other additional need films Sound of Metal never attempts to elicit compassion or sympathy from the audience, but instead delivers something profoundly moving and genuinely enlightening about the realities of deafness.
Ruben Stone is a drummer for a metal band called Blackgammon, and they are just starting to receive some attention. He and his girlfriend Lou, who is the lead singer for the band have big dreams, but when Ruben suddenly becomes deaf everything has to change.
Riz Ahmed is unbelievably good here as Ruben, delivering a heartfelt and dynamic performance that is nothing short of Oscar worthy. Olivia Cooke is also strong as his girlfriend Lou, but I'd be lying if I said that she wasn't completely eclipsed by Ahmed's charismatic performance.
I really enjoyed learning more about the deaf community and the challenges and triumphs that they face through this film and overall I found it to be an inspirational tale about overcoming obstacles and finding your true self against the odds.
FINAL SAY: For me those moments of stillness, that place, that's the kingdom of God.
4 Chilli Peppers