by Ashley Wain
"Right from the first moment when one begins to explore the possibilities of man, whether one likes it or not, whether one is afraid of what this represents or not, one must face up squarely to the fact that this search is a spiritual search"
-Peter Brook, Grotowski, Art as a Vehicle
In the film Muriel's Wedding, there is a scene in which Bill Hunter, an actor who has built a distinguished career playing "ordinary" Australians, stands on his balcony watching his no-hoper son Perry playing footy alone under the Hills Hoist. Perry is commentating on his own performance and indulging a fantasy of scoring a miraculous try (or "touchdown"). Bill's character, a corrupt and adulterous local councilor, watches him for a while. You can see in his eyes what a disappointment Perry is, how he can't quite believe this complete bloody idiot in the backyard is his son. After a few moments he loses patience and barks out "Perry! Wake up to yourself!"