Category: Drama

Molly Johnson’s husband is away droving cattle, leaving her alone to care for their four children at their remote Snowy Mountains homestead. Despite being heavily pregnant, Molly keeps various threats, from nature and other people, at bay. But when Yadaka, an Aboriginal man on the run from white law enforcement, intrudes on the sanctuary she has carved out, the brutal hardships and secrets that have followed them both throughout their lives must be confronted.                                                 

 THE DROVER’S WIFE THE LEGEND OF MOLLY JOHNSON is written and directed by Leah Purcell and stars Leah Purcell, Rob Collins, Sam Reid, Jessica de Gouw and Malachi Dower-Roberts.


THE DROVER’S WIFE THE LEGEND OF MOLLY JOHNSON releases in Australian cinemas on October 14th.

Summary:  The true story of one young white Southerner in the Summer of 1961, caught in a place and time where he had to choose which side he was on.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 6th May 2021 (Australia), 5th February 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: 5th February 2021 (UK)

Country: USA

Director: Barry Alexander Brown

Screenwriter: Barry Alexander Brown, Bob Zellner (book), Constance Curry (book)

Cast: Jake Abel (Doc), Shamier Anderson (Reggie), Nicole Ansari-Cox (Professor Kleiner), Cedric The Entertainer (Reverand Abnerathy), Dexter Darden (John Lewis), Lex Scott Davis (Joanne), Brian Dennehy (J.O. Zellner), Will Deusner (Skeeter), Onye Eme-Akwari (Chuck McDew), Chaka Forman (Jim Forman), Bram Fuller (Willy B. Painter), Brendan Fuller (Officer Fuller), Cian Genaro (John Hill), Thom Gossom Jnr. (Herbert Lee), Sienna Guillory (Jessica Mitford), Lucy Hale (Carol Ann), Malcolm X. Hayden (William Barbee), Bryan Herlong (James Zellner), Charlie Hill (4 Year-Old Bob Zellner), Stan Houston (E.H. Hurst), Evan Huang (Young Derek), Kuntrell Jackson (Leon), Jim Klock (Younger), Matt William Knowles (Jim Zwerg), Sharonne Lainer (Rosa Parks), Tom Lawson Jnr. (Aubrey Williams), Ludi Lin (Derek Ang), Mike Manning (Townsend Ellis), Michael Aaron Milligan (Jack), Will Mossek (Young Bob Zellner), Brad Napp (Floyd Mann), Julia Ormond (Virginia Durr), Laurissa Romain (Brenda/SNCC Singer), Will Runels (James Zellner in Russia), Michael Sirow (Jay-Jay), Angela Soule (Ruby Zellner), Jonathan Sterritt (Buster), Lyda Styslinger (Susan Wilbur), Greg Thornton (Clifford Durr), Joey Thurmond (Coach Raines), Lucas Till (Bob Zellner)

Running Time: 105 mins

Classification: M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)


David Griffiths’ Son Of The South Review:

There is a power in cinema that sometimes even shocks me now despite the many thousands of films I have seen over the years. It shouldn’t surprise me though, cinema has been educating me and shocking my view of the world for a good many years now.

I was a pretty naive teenager when it came to world events. To be honest if a news story wasn’t about the footy scores on the weekend or what film James Cameron or Steven Spielberg was about to release then the chances were I wouldn’t have watched it. That view of the world changed for me at High School with a certain history teacher who decided the best way to teach his students about some of the world’s most horrific events was through cinema.

I still remember the day that he showed us Mississippi Burning. I remember seeing the cover and thinking “oh cool he is going to show us a Gene Hackman movie”, then I remember the film starting and me sitting in absolute shock and awe as I got my first piece of education on racism in the USA.

That same power and lesson resonates with director Barry Alexander Brown’s (Last Looks) new film Son Of The South. To be honest despite the fact that I am much more educated on American history these days I had never ever heard of Bob Zellner and his courageous story.

Zellner, played here by Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), was a young white Southerner college student who in 1961 decided to write a college paper about the Civil Rights Movement. The response to his paper though was the threat of expulsion and much to the shock of has Klansman Grandfather he soon has to make a decision about what side of the Civil Rights Movement he wants to be on.

For Zellner these events change his whole life’s focus and purpose. He suddenly goes from the dream life that he and his girlfriend, Carol Ann (Lucy Hale – Truth Or Dare), have picked out for themselves  to suddenly having meetings with the likes of Rosa Parks (Sharonne Lanier – Summer Of ’67) and soon he realises that if he wants to really change the way the community around him thinks then he may have to start making some sacrifices of his own.

I found that there is a true power with this film, in fact in a lot of ways this film had more of an impact on me than films like Judas And The Black Messiah. It has that power due to a great script, also written by Brown, that allows the film to preach without having a sermon. The key to films like this working is to let actions speak louder than words and Brown allows that to happen here with truly memorable scenes of black rights activists being confronted and beating for simply riding a bus into town.

Brown also stretches that mantra to the performances of his cast and there are often times in this film when a look by Lucas Till as his character sees the behaviour of those around him says more than a page of dialogue could. There are so many moments and scenes in this film that will stay with me for years that the only thing I can say is that this is one of the most important films that you are likely to see this year.

With this film Barry Alexander Brown also announces himself as a director who is ready to have a big impact on Hollywood. Brown already has two Oscar nominations to his name – one for his editing work on BlacKkKlansman and a second for his docco The War At Home – and to be honest he should have a third just for this film. As a director and screenwriter he is obvious storyteller who has a knack of telling that story on screen in a way that only a select few filmmakers can, I honestly can’t wait to see what film he tackles next.Son Of The South is one of the surprise films of 2021. It has an engaging and powerful story enhanced by a director who is at the top of his game and a young actor, Till, who produces one of the best performances of his career to date.

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Summary:  A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness with a survival expert tasked with protecting him — and a forest fire threatening to consume them all.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 13th May 2021 (Australia), 13th May 2021 (Thailand), 17th May 2021 (UK), 14th May 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: Canada, USA

Director: Taylor Sheridan

Screenwriter: Michael Koryta, Charles Leavitt, Taylor Sheridan

Cast: Gabe Baca (Officer R. Hermes), Jon Bernthal (Ethan), Ryan Jason Cook (Leo), Mary Fenton (Beth), Howard Ferguson Jnr. (Vic), Aidan Gillen (Jack), Carma Harvey (Deborah Killdeer), Nicholas Hoult (Patrick), Angelina Jolie (Hannah), James Jordan (Ben), Tory Kittles (Ryan), Finn Little (Connor), Lora Martinez-Cunningham (Tina), Matt Medrano (MarshallFranks), Laura Niemi (Maggie), Tyler Perry (Arthur), Medina Senghore (Allison), Boots Southerland (Sheriff), Jake Weber (Owen)

Running Time: 100 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


David Griffiths’ Those Who Wish Me Dead Review:

Over recent years filmmaker Taylor Sheridan has had a huge impact on Hollywood. His screenplay for the hard-hitting Sicario heralded in a new age of dramatic intensity within a market that many said had gone soft. Then came his work on the under-rated Hell Or High Water and the brilliant Wind River. Sheridan was no longer a light-weight he had awards in his back pocket and actors like Jeremy Renner were lining up to work with him. To show that was no flash in the pan then came one of the most eagerly-anticipated television shows of 2020 – Yellowstone – of which Sheridan was the main creator.

Now Sheridan teams up with one of Hollywood’s biggest stars – Angelina Jolie (Tomb Raider) in the edgy action thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead. Jolie plays damaged fire-jumper (fire-fighter) Hannah Faber who has been sent to an outpost fire tower to work as a spotter after she has become an emotional mess after being involved with a forest fire that claimed the lives of children and one of her colleagues.

While believing that her new post will be much more peaceful Hannah soon comes across a young boy Connor Casserly (Finn Little – Angel Of Mine) who is being hunted down by ruthless assassins Jack (Aidan Gillen – Game Of Thrones) and Patrick Blackwell (Nicholas Hoult – Mad Max: Fury Road).

Despite her own demons Hannah realises that only her and the boy’s uncle, local Police Officer Ethan Sawyer (Jon Bernthal The Walking Dead), can keep him alive. To add to the pressure they also find themselves trapped by a forest fire that was lit by the assassins as a distraction for local authorities.

You soon realise when watching Those Who Wish Me Dead that in contains all the tropes that has made Sheridan one of Hollywood’s most interesting filmmakers at the moment. The film is edgy – it doesn’t stick to the Hollywood rules of trying to keep the film to a low classification. Most of the characters are damaged and they talk and act like they are damaged – they swear when under pressure and they certainly don’t play nice.

While over the years Hollywood has normally tried to shy away from violence towards the vulnerable – as can be expected Sheridan puts the vulnerable at risk. It doesn’t matter that the key target here is a child – Jack and Patrick are blood-thirsty assassins who will not think twice about blowing young Connor away. The result is a realism that is normally never present in an action thriller like this plus a level of intensity and suspense that is normally only reserved for European or Scandinavian cinema.

To add even further to that suspense is the forest fire storyline. There are times during this film when likable characters such as Sawyer’s pregnant partner, Allison (Medina Senghore – Blindspot!) find themselves trapped between the fire and the insatiable killers and that only raises the stakes even more. Sheridan plays on the human condition that we are all terrified by fire and its ferocious nature and he uses it to his advantage.

It is a welcome relief to see Jolie back in an ‘action’ flick as she has spent much of the last decade making family films and doing voice work. She seems to relish being in a role with edge and the scenes that she shares with young Finn Little are natural and memorable. Jon Bernthal’s performance in the film is also a stand-out and his fans will be happy to see that this time he has been given a chance to play a hero rather than a villain.

To be honest Those Who Wish Me Dead is probably closer to a blockbuster than the ‘indie’ feeling films like Hell Or High Water or Wind River that Taylor Sheridan has made in the past. But just like those films this one is full of memorable characters, a hard edge and suspense that is going to make you want to watch it time and time again.

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The brand new TV series “Tale of Tails” will be airing exclusively on Tubi starting June 12th. 

Tails is not a white-collar gentlemen’s club. It’s a borderline-legal bar with topless dancers and a back room where anything goes for the right price. Nick, the owner, keeps Tails afloat by taking advantage of the desperate women who dance for money and the desperate men who pay for female attention. When a dead body shows up in the bathroom, Nick’s control begins to unravel. Hunted by an ambitious, relentless cop, Nick’s enemies begin to surround him. He must decide how many friends to sacrifice in order to save himself.

Nick is played by Harley Wallen (Betrayed) and he’s also directing the first season. “It’s definitely a dark series showing the dirty underbelly of the strip clubhouse industry and a dark character as well, but there is at least some dark humor to it as well” said Wallen.  “I was excited right away when Tevis contacted me as I felt the feel of this series is a bit lacking at the moment”. Kopera, Markus and Wallen wanted to create something real and raw without being gratuitous or glorifying things.  Also starring Kaiti Wallen (Agramon’s Gate) as the conflicted and driven officer on the case and Tevis Marcum (Stone) as Roadie and Jerry Hayes as Nick’s sly lawyer with Grover McCants (Solomon) as the chief of police.

“Tale of Tails” also features are slew of Guest Star for it’s first season such as Richard Tyson (Kindergarten Cop), Yan Birch (The People Under the Stairs), Blanca Blanco (Betrayed), Daron Cruickshank (The Ultimate Fighter), Mike Emery (Blue Bloods), Jimmy Chiappelli (Ring of Silence) and Jesi Jensen (Devils Night).

“Tale of Tails” was shot on location in Metro Detroit and was produced by Painted Creek Productions in conjunction with Chapter 3 Media.