MIFF 2021: Hear My Eyes: Two Hands x The Murlocs


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Hear My Eyes returns to MIFF as garage-rock faves The Murlocs perform their very own reimagined live score to the Aussie classic Two Hands, Gregor Jordan’s crime caper starring a breakout Heath Ledger and Rose Byrne. After three hugely successful events, Hear My Eyes – MIFF’s much-loved night of sound and cinema – is back, this time to celebrate Gregor Jordan’s 1999 debut feature at the Astor Theatre. Set in a now-unrecognisable Sydney, where Kings Cross shimmered with seedy nightlife and you could make a getaway on something called the ‘monorail’, Two Hands stars a then–virtually unknown Ledger as Jimmy, an ex–street kid and strip-club bouncer. After misplacing a chunk of cash he’s meant to deliver for his boss, Pando (Bryan Brown at his absolute most Bryan Brown), he finds himself on the run from the mob, joined by the girl of his dreams, Alex (Byrne, making only her second film appearance). A box office smash, Two Hands won Best Film at the 1999 AFI Awards, set Jordan on a path to Hollywood and propelled Ledger and Byrne to stardom, while going on to become a modern Australian classic that remains compelling more than two decades after its release. This exclusive Hear My Eyes presentation joins two antipodean icons, with garage-rock five-piece The Murlocs bringing their salty rhythm and blues, harmonica-driven psych and unmistakeable swagger to Jordan’s rollicking, irreverent film.