Australia Day

…a provocative exploration of the undercurrents of multicultural Australia” –The Daily Telegraph

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Drama

98mins

2017

Kriv Stenders

CTC

synopsis

On a sweltering Australia Day in Brisbane, the worlds of three desperate young people collide. Indigenous teen April (Miah Madden), young Chinese woman Lan (Jenny Wu), and Sami (Elias Anton), an Iranian-Australian teen, are each on the run from something. As their stories unfold, farmer Terry (Bryan Brown), Indigenous policewoman Sonya Mackenzie (Shari Sebbens) and homicide detective Mitchell Collyer (Matthew Le Nevez) get swept up in the whirlpool of violence, racism and resentment that unfurls throughout the day. Set over a tense 12 hours, no one is left unscathed as all are challenged on their ideas of family, loyalty and culture. 

A provocative and illuminating film from director Kriv Stenders (Red Dog), AUSTRALIA DAY offers a fascinating take on national identity and the pulsing dark heart of ‘the lucky country’.

 

cast:

BRYAN BROWN, SHARI SEBBENS, SEAN KEENAN, DANIEL WEBBER, ELIAS ANTON

crew:

Director of Photography - GEOFFREY HALL ACS, Production Designer - MATT PUTLAND, Costume Designer - VANESSA LOH, Editor - NICK MEYERS, ASE Sound Design - LUKE MYNOTT, Music by - MATTEO ZINGALES, Line Producer - JULIE FORSTER

fan quotes:

“…ambitious and powerful… multi-character drama in the mold of 2006 Oscar-winner “Crash,” “Australia Day” is a meditation on cultural diversity and the questioning of national identity.” –Variety

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