BIFF17 Australia Day

2nd September, 2017 (15+)
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  • Director Kriv Stenders
  • Cast Elias Anton, Matthew Le Nevez, Shari Sebbens, Miah Madden, Bryan Brown, Jenny Wu
  • Duration 97 min
  • Rating 15+
  • Language English
  • Genre Drama, Film Festival
  • Participating Cinemas Palace Barracks

Synopsis

On Australia’s most controversial national holiday, three Aussies from diverse cultural backgrounds explosively collide in this simmering thriller from director Kriv Stenders (Red Dog) and writer Stephen M. Irwin (Secrets & Lies), set in Brisbane’s seedy underbelly.

In the steamy subtropical streets of the River City, three people are on the run. Persian-Australian Sami (Elias Anton) is being chased by an angry gang of white guys over something he didn’t do. April (Miah Madden) is a desperate Indigenous girl running away from a high-speed chase that ended in a tragic car crash. And Lan (Jenny Wu) is a Chinese sex slave fleeing captivity in an illegal brothel. They don’t know it yet, but their stories are set to intertwine with devastating consequences.

Also caught up in this dramatic web are a guilt-ridden beat cop (Shari Sebbens), a detective on a manhunt (Matthew Le Nevez), and a bankrupt cattle farmer (Bryan Brown).

Fierce and uncompromising, this pulse-pounding film doesn’t shrink from the hot-button issues beating in the dark heart of modern Australia, such as interracial violence, drug abuse and human trafficking.

Awards

Official Selection: Sydney Film Festival

Reviews

  • “Urban mayhem meets multicultural conflict in … a Crash-like compilation of interconnected strands…” – Screen Daily

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