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To celebrate the release of THE HUNTER, we present a round-up of three of the best Australian films of recent years.
Monday 16 July, 8.30
This collaboration between director John Hillcoat and writer-musician Nick Cave is a powerful and intelligent ‘Australian Western’ set in a savage corner of the bushranger outback. After the capture of two of the outlaw Burns brothers, lawman Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone, SEXY BEAST) – hell-bent on civilizing this anarchic land – risks all by releasing the older brother Charlie (Guy Pearce, MEMENTO) on one desperate condition: Charlie must kill his eldest brother, a violent monster and the leader of the gang, in order to spare the life of his young sibling. In this bloody and uncompromising film, Hillcoat pictures the outback as a place of extreme cruelty and beauty, whilst strong performances from all the cast do justice to the elegance of Cave’s script.
Monday 23 July, 8.45
Sixteen-year-old Jamie longs for an escape from the violence and hopelessness that surround him in Adelaide's disenfranchised northern suburbs, and his salvation arrives in the form of John, a charismatic man who unexpectedly comes to his aid. As John spends more and more time with Jamie's family, he assumes the role of Jamie's mentor, indoctrinating him into his world - a world brimming with bigotry, self-righteousness and malice. Like a son mimicking his father, Jamie begins to take on some of John's traits and beliefs. But when several people disappear around him, he begins to harbour deep suspicions about John and his motives. When the truth is finally revealed, Jamie’s hopes of happiness are threatened by both his loyalty towards, and fear of, his father-figure John Bunting, Australia's most notorious serial killer.
Monday 30 July, 8.45
Samson and Delilah are two young Aborigines living in small-town central Australia. When a harrowing tragedy shatters their simple desert life, the pair steal a car and set off on a nomadic road-trip across the country's unforgiving Northern Territory towards Alice Springs. As their perils worsen, they learn that, while life is often cruel, love can prevail in the most unlikely of scenarios. The two newcomer leads head an ensemble cast of indigenous Australian amateurs and part-time actors in Warwick Thornton's debut feature, which boasts an array of awards and accolades, including the Caméra d'Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
Don't Miss: Late Night screening of MAD MAX (18) on Friday 13 July, 11.00pm
THE HUNTER screens at Cinema City from Friday 6 July.