Film Review: Now Add Honey

Cinematography by Ben Nott.

Review by James Cunningham.

Normal life implodes for a suburban family when their pop-star cousin comes to stay. Now Add Honey is the feature debut from Gristmill, the production company founded by director Wayne Hope and his wife screenwriter Robyn Butler.

Cinematographer Ben Nott ACS (Daybreakers, Predestination) sits behind the camera with confidence. While the funny may be lacking in the material, the film is on point in terms of its look. Shot in Melbourne, Nott’s choices are stylish and justified not only for budget reasons but also because they were working on a tight schedule with numerous locations.

Light has a natural feel: every light source is justified; day light, windows and artificial lights are used as sources. There are some shots where the light looses its naturalism, however, and becomes slightly more theatrical. A fun offering from Nott who is fast on track to become one of the country’s greats.

James Cunningham is the Editor of Australian Cinematographer Magazine.

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