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Stan, Australia’s unrivalled home of original productions, today unveiled the official trailer for the upcoming Stan Original Series Eden – and confirmed the eight-part mystery drama will premiere Friday, 11th June only on Stan, with all episodes available at once.

To watch and share the trailer, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0LOYAPh3es

From the creators of Skins and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and written by an all-female writing team, Eden was shot on location in the stunning Northern Rivers region of New South Wales andstars Australian up-and-comers BeBe Bettencourt (The Dry) and Sophie Wilde (Bird),alongside Keiynan Lonsdale (The Flash), Cody Fern (American Horror Story), TV Week Gold Logie Award-winner Samuel Johnson (Molly) and Christopher James Baker (True Detective).

The acclaimed Australian cast also features Rachael Blake (Cleverman), Leeanna Walsman (Penguin Bloom), Simon Lyndon (Mystery Road), Maggie Kirkpatrick (The Letdown), Alexandria Steffensen (Happy Feet), Cassandra Sorrell (Her Own Music), Mark Leonard Winter (The Dressmaker), Claude Jabbour (Stateless), Geneviève Lemon (Ladies in Black), Benedict Hardie (Stan Original Series The Commons), Thom Green (Camp), Hunter Page-Lochard (Cleverman) and Dustin Clare (Spartacus franchise).

The mystery of Eden unfolds over eight thrilling episodes and follows high-achieving 20-year-old Scout (Sophie Wilde), who returns home to the beach community of Eden after her first year at Juilliard, the prestigious New York performing arts school, to find her enigmatic best friend Hedwig (BeBe Bettencourt) indefinably changed.

On a drug-fuelled night out, Scout confesses her burgeoning romantic and sexual feelings for Hedwig. Tensions escalate throughout the night and culminate in a violent struggle. Scout blacks out. When she wakes up with no memory of the evening’s end, Hedwig is gone.

Across the series, we track backwards through Hedwig’s summer and forwards to Scout’s desperate investigation into her friend’s disappearance – triggering revelation after revelation about the lives of Eden’s inhabitants that will change the town forever.

An exploration of human relationships through the lens of sex and desire, Eden was written by series creator, executive producer and writer Vanessa Gazy (Highway), alongside Jess Brittain (Clique), Anya Beyersdorf (Shakespeare Now), Clare Sladden (Freudian Slip) and Penelope Chai (Other People’s Problems).

Created in collaboration with Every Cloud Productions’ Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), and the creator of the UK cult hit Skins, Balloon Entertainment’s Bryan ElsleyEden is produced by Fiona McConaghy (Stan Original Series The Gloaming) and directed by John Curran (Stan Original Series Bloom), Mirrah Foulkes (Judy & Punch) and Peter Andrikidis (Janet King). All eight episodes of the series have been shot by award-winning cinematographer Geoffrey Hall (Stan Original Series Bloom).

The Stan Original Series Eden is produced by Every Cloud Productions and Balloon Entertainment. Major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW. Financed with support from all3media International, who is the global distribution partner on the series.

The Stan Original Series Eden premieres 11 June only on Stan, with all episodes available at once.

Summary:  When a 4-year-old girl makes an allegation against the son of a politician, an attempt by the children’s parents to resolve the situation soon degenerates into a vicious confrontation.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 1st April 2021 (Australia)

VOD Release Dates: 30th June 2020 (USA)

Country: Australia, UK

Director: Michael Bentham

Screenwriter: Michael Bentham

Cast: Kieren Cochrane (Ethan), Geraldine Hakewell (Bek Chalmers), Matilda Ridgway (Emily Bowman), Greg Stone (Steve), Mark Leonard Winter (Danny Bowman), Tom Wren (Joel Chalmers)

Running Time: 84 mins

Classification: MA15 (Australia)

OUR DISCLOSURE REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Disclosure Review:

There is nothing quite like sitting down to watch a film that relies heavily on its screenplay. Yes, I love my action blockbusters but the screenwriter in me just laps up films like The Ice House and Blackbird that rely on a brilliantly written script and character-driven dialogue to make the film work. Given how many great dramas Australia has produced it is surprising that we haven’t brilliant character-driven films, but I guess that just makes films like brand new drama Disclosure even more special.

In one way it almost feels wrong to call Disclosure a drama. The emotions the film puts its audience through is more like what you would expect from a thriller. Certainly there are more than a few times throughout the film where you find yourself waiting with baited breath to see what a character will do or say next.

Written and directed by Australian filmmaker Michael Bentham (Mowing The Lawn) Disclosure centres around two couples. First of all there is ambitious politician Joel Chalmers (Tom Wren – The Inbetweeners 2) and his glamorous wife Bek (Geraldine Hakewill – Wanted). Then there is journalist Danny Bowman (Mark Leonard Winter – The Dressmaker) and his filmmaker wife Emily (Matilda Ridgway – June Again).

The two couple are friends but now are meeting to discuss the allegations made by Danny and Emily who allege that Joel and Bek’s ten-year-old son sexually assaulted their four-year-old daughter. Danny and Emily assume that Joel and Bek will want to talk through the issue as friends but they are mistaken and soon anger and blackmail comes to the surface.

Bentham’s screenplay for Disclosure is nothing short of amazing. What will happen from scene to scene is impossible to predict while he also manages to introduce a shade of grey to each character. A great example of this is the character of Joel. Yes when it comes to his work he is ambitious but as is mentioned in the film, he is also someone that normally fights for the rights of people like refugees. Yet, here when his son has potentially causes a lot of emotional damage to another child he wants to shut up shop and get defensive.

The story here winds itself around corners and seems to expose secret after secret that never stand in the way of the main plot – instead they add more suspense and intrigue to a film that is smart enough to never put all of its cards on the table until it really needs to. The film deserves even more credit for the way it delves deep into topics such as how much pornography and sexuality our children are exposed to in modern society and the impact that it has on them emotionally, it is deep but the film never feels like it is preaching.

While on paper it might sound like the two couples are split into the ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ But that certainly isn’t the way it feels when you are watching the film. As an audience member you find yourself questioning what really happened with the event in question and there are times you are genuinely surprised at how each character reacts at certain times. By the end you certainly know what happened and the fiery conclusion between the characters certainly leaves the audience content.

I could sit here and say for hours how this film reveals one of the best Australian filmmakers we have seen in years with Bentham, but it would also be a crime not to mention the sensational cast that bring this film to life. Ever since I saw Mark Leonard Winter in films like Further We Search and Van Diemen’s Land I knew that he was an actor with a brilliant range, but here I also see the strength of his ability matched by Wren, Ridgway and Hakewill all of whom I hope I see in many films to come. As an ensemble this is the perfect cast… they are truly sensational.

With the beautiful Dandenong Ranges as its setting and its dark tone this is a film with a hard edge that will not easily been forgotten. It was predicted that 2021 would be the year of Australian cinema but The Dry better watch it because Disclosure can easily match it as one of the films of the year.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

Average Subculture Rating:

IMDB Rating:

Disclosure (2020) on IMDb

Other Subculture Disclosure Reviews:

Nil

Trailer:

One Eyed Girl Award

Australian-made dark thriller, ONE EYED GIRL has won the Audience Choice award for Best Film at the 2015 Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival, adding to its growing list of accolades, including Best Film in the Dark Matters Category at Austin Film Festival and Jury Award at this year’s Austin Film Festival in the Dark Matters category.

Coming up for its second week in selected cinemas in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, ONE EYED GIRL will soon be seen in Hobart and Darwin (dates and cinemas to be advised).

ONE EYED GIRL – written by Nick Matthews and Craig Behenna and directed by Nick Matthews – is a gripping story about a psychiatrist, haunted by the death of a former patient, who stumbles upon a Doomsday cult and battles to save a teenage girl from its clutches.

Starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays), Mark Leonard Winter (Healing, Van Diemen’s Land) and Steve Le Marquand (Rake, Vertical Limit), ONE EYED GIRL is distributed in Australia by The Backlot Films.

On winning the award, Nick Matthews said, “What a thrill, to have competed here in the heart of filmmaking and then to be recognised like this. I’m so proud of all the cast and crew and I thank everyone who supported us along the way. I’d like to think this win may mean we can share the film with a wider Australian audience.”

One Eyed Girl

Summary: Travis, is a thirty-something psychiatrist haunted by the death of a former patient. On the brink of a nervous breakdown he stumbles across a group run by a charismatic leader, Father Jay. In search of answers, Travis is led deeper and deeper into the underworld of a Doom’s Day cult where he meets Grace, a mysterious teenage girl. When the cult comes under attack from the outside world, Travis must risk his life to free a girl, and save his soul.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 30th April, 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Nick Matthews

Screenwriter: Craig Behenna, Nick Matthews

Cast: Craig Behenna (Tom), Elena Carapetis (Kate), Katy Cheel (Rachel), Tilda Cobham-Hervey (Grace), Matt Crook (Marcus), Nic English (Toby), Sebastian Freeman (Ben), Steve Le Marquand (Father Jay), Sara West (Sarah), Lachlan Wilson (Andy), Mark Leonard Winter (Travis)

Runtime: 102 mins

Classification: MA15+

 

OUR ONE EYED GIRL REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg King:

You can hear Greg’s full One Eyed Girl review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #127

 

Stars(2.5)

 

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2.5)

 

IMDB Rating: One Eyed Girl (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment One Eyed Girl reviews: You will also be able to hear our One Eyed Girl review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #127.

Trailer:

One Eyed Girl

We are pleased to advise that One Eyed Girl will release on April 30 at the following cinemas, with more to be added:

ADELAIDE
Trak Cinemas, 375 Greenhill Road, Toorak Gardens

MELBOURNE
Classic Cinemas, 9 Gordon Street, Elsternwick
Cameo Cinemas, 1620 Burwood Highway, Belgrave

SYDNEY
Ritz Cinema, 45 St Pauls Street, Randwick

Filmmakers and actors will travel to each city, attending Q&A screenings and will be available for media interviews.

TOURING TALENT:
Nick Matthews (Director/co-writer)
David Ngo (Producer)
Craig Behenna (Co-writer/Co-producer/Actor)
Mark Leonard Winter (Actor)
Tilda Cobham-Hervey (Actor)
Steve Le Marquand (Actor)

TOUR DATES (including Q&A screenings):
MELBOURNE – April 23/24 (Classic/Cameo)
ADELAIDE – April 29 (premiere/Q&A at Regal Cinemas)
SYDNEY – April 30/May 1

Hollywood Reporter described it as “This engrossing, darkly tinged drama is an auspicious debut”; Austin’s The Examiner said, “Winner of the Austin Film Festival (AFF) Dark Matters Best Picture Jury Award, “One Eyed Girl” is an impeccable entry from Australia and the cream of the crop of this year’s festival across all categories.” And Australian cinema goers will have the chance to see ONE EYED GIRL when it releases on April 30.

ONE EYED GIRL is a dark thriller about Travis (Mark Leonard Winter), a young psychiatrist haunted by the death of a patient.  On the brink of a nervous breakdown, he meets a teenage girl named Grace (Tilda Cobham-Hervery) who invites him to a secret church run by charismatic leader, Father Jay (Steve Le Marquand).  In search of answers, Travis is led deeper and deeper into the hidden world of an isolated cult, where he’s given one last chance at redemption.

ONE EYED GIRL is the debut feature film from writer/director Nick Matthews, who teamed with long time collaborators, first time producer/editor David Ngo and writer/actor Craig Behenna.

It stars the mesmerising Tilda Cobham-Hervey (hailed in Variety magazine as one to watch, and included in Vogue Australia’s Best Emerging Talent feature this month), a very strong Mark Leonard Winter (Healing, The Boy Castaways) and the always powerful Steve Le Marquand (Vertical Limit, A Few Best Men)

In December 2014, cinematographer Jody Muston won Silver at the Australian Cinematographers Society awards for her haunting cinematography on this film.

One Eyed Girl

A group of young Australian filmmakers is celebrating after their film, ONE EYED GIRL won the Jury Award at this year’s Austin Film Festival in the Dark Matters category.

The South Australian psychological thriller is the second feature film to take out the Dark Matters Award, after it was introduced to the AFF program last year.

Now in its 21st year, the Austin Film Festival is known for its focus on screenplays with strong storytelling.

ONE EYED GIRL – written by Nick Matthews and Craig Behenna and directed by Nick Matthews – is a gripping story about a psychiatrist, haunted by the death of a former patient, who stumbles upon a Doomsday cult and battles to save a teenage girl from its clutches.

Starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays), Mark Leonard Winter (Healing, Van Diemen’s Land) and Steve Le Marquand (Rake, Vertical Limit), ONE EYED GIRL will be released in Australian cinemas on April 2, 2015, distributed by The Backlot Films.

On winning the award, Nick Matthews said, “It’s a great honour to win this award at a festival that champions story, and genre filmmaking. To receive it in front of so many film and TV heavyweights, like Madmen creator Matt Weiner and director Jim Sheridan is a doubly amazing. I’m stunned, and immensely proud of my cast and our fantastic crew. We’re looking forward to sharing the film with Australian audiences early in 2015.”

Says Craig Behenna, “I’m very proud that our first screening of One Eyed Girl has had such an amazing response at Austin. This festival has a great reputation for being all about the craft of filmmaking and taking storytelling seriously. It also makes me think of all the people who have supported and worked with us right from the beginning. Without their care and commitment and love for this film, we simply couldn’t have done it. To win an award in Austin and to accept it in a room filled with so many great filmmakers and storytellers who had made some of the films like In the Name of the Father, In America and many others that have had a huge impact on me was a surreal and fantastic moment. We’re pinching ourselves a bit.”

Producer Dave Ngo, “I couldn’t be prouder of everyone who helped make this film. To win the Dark Matters Award seems so appropriate for such a dark and intense story. I can’t wait to return to Oz and celebrate with the team.”

And hinting that there may be another film in the pipeline, Ngo added, “Hopefully we’ll get to do it all again soon.”

Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay competition director, Matt Dy said of ONE EYED GIRL, “Screenwriters Craig Behenna and Nick Matthews have written a script that, on the page, would very likely read as multi-layered and thrilling as it is seen on the screen through the film’s rich, haunting cinematography.”

Attending Austin Film Festival on behalf of ONE EYED GIRL are producer David Ngo, writer/director Nick Matthews, writer Craig Behenna and actor Tilda Cobham-Hervey, who has been touted by Variety and Vogue magazines as one of the Top 5 ones to watch.

One Eyed Girl

Hot on the heels of Austin Film Festival’s early line-up announcement which includes the World Premiere of  “One Eyed Girl”, The Backlot Films is proud to announce its plans to release the South Australian psychological thriller in Australian cinemas during the first quarter of 2015.

Starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays) and Mark Leonard Winter (Healing, Van Demons Land), with a gripping screenplay by Matthews and Craig Behenna, One Eyed Girl follows the story of a psychiatrist (Winter) haunted by the death of a former patient, who stumbles upon a Doomsday cult and battles to save a teenage girl (Cobham-Harvey) from its clutches.

Co-founder and director of The Backlot Films, Tony Ianiro says, “Upon our first meeting with David Ngo many months ago, we encountered the same level of passion that he had for his craft which Mark (D’Angelo) and I have for Backlot. There was clearly a positive chemistry from the get go.

“David Ngo’s Projector Films, The Backlot Films and industry publicity and marketing specialists Jameson PR will combine to execute a fresh and unique campaign in the lead up to the theatrical release of ‘One Eyed Girl’ in 2015.

“In many respects, this is a unique project for us as it marks not only our involvement as distributor, but also as the first feature film in which The Backlot Studios, Melbourne was utilised to conduct the final audio mix, using our in house audio team at Backlot Post (Mark D’Angelo & Craig Jannson) in collaboration with one of the best audio re-record mixers in the world, Phil Heywood (The Lego Movie, The Great Gatsby, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy).

“The film itself is charismatic, honest and rich in production values, whilst the subject matter depicted in ‘One Eyed Girl’ – ‘a cult and its laws of attraction’ will remain with viewers long after they have witnessed it.

Our next phase is to introduce the film to our exhibition partners. We will create a long lead campaign and endeavour to get exhibition and media genuinely excited about One Eyed Girl in the lead up to its release.

“We are fortunate to have access to the filmmakers and key cast for in cinema Q&As across the country, pre-release – a strong indication that veryone attached to this project is committed…..it’s now time to make it happen!”

Produced by David Ngo and Co-Written by Craig Behenna, as part of the SA Film Corporation’s Filmlab program, this film creates a confronting indictment of an ethically lost and alienated society where the blind indeed seem to lead the blind.

Ngo says, “We are so excited to have our film open at the prestigious Austin Film Festival. To know your film will screen in front of people like Tommy Lee Jones, James Franco, Matthew Weiner and Lawrence Kasdan is a huge honour and also, quite frankly, scary as hell.

“We can’t wait to then follow this up with the release in Australia with Backlot. As a filmmaker there’s nothing quite like watching people lining up and buying popcorn to see your movie.

“There’s no doubt the cast will go on to do many big things. Hollywood’s already knocking on young Tilda’s door and I think people will be blown away by Mark’s performance. He really reminds me of a young Daniel Day Lewis.”

The “One Eyed Girl” creative team was selected by a panel of assessors including Margaret Pomeranz (At The Movies), and producer Bridget Ikin (My Year Without Sex, Look Both Ways) to develop the film through the SAFC’s FilmLab program where they were mentored by acclaimed filmmaker Rolf de Heer (Charlie’s Country, Ten Canoes, Bad Boy Bubby).

After two years of writing, casting began in 2012 and used a combination of traditional avenues and social media to discover some of its younger cast members. Having already cast Mark Leonard Winter in the lead male role of Travis, the ‘Search for Grace’ and ‘Search for Marcus’ online campaigns attracted over 600 applicants from all over the world and finally chose Matthew Crook to play Marcus and for the title role, then seventeen year old Tilda Cobham-Hervey, who has been described by Variety magazine as one of five up-and-coming actresses to watch. The film also stars Steve Le Marquand (Rake, Vertical Limit).

Filming began in December 2012 on an isolated farm in the hills of Adelaide. This hugely ambitious film was also the first feature for many of the heads of department – Production Designer Anny Duff, Cinematographer Jody Muston and Make-Up Artist Rebecca Buratto.

“One Eyed Girl” will open in Australian cinemas in early 2015, distributed by The Backlot Films.

Healing Poster

Summary: After 18 years in prison, Viktor Khadem (Don Hany – East West 101, Offspring, Serangoon Road, Broken Shore) is a man who has almost given up on life. Near the end of his sentence he is sent to Won Wron, a low-security prison farm 200 km outside Melbourne in regional Victoria, where Senior Case Worker Matt Perry (Hugo Weaving) has established a unique program to rehabilitate broken men through giving them the responsibility for the rehabilitation of injured raptors – beautiful, fearsome proud eagles, falcons and owls. Against all odds, Matt takes on Viktor as his number one test case, introducing him to Yasmine, the majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle with a two metre wingspan. If these two can tame each other, anything is possible.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 8th May, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Craig Monahan

Screenwriter: Craig Monahan, Alison Nisselle

Cast: Dimitri Baveas (Yousef), Laura Brent (Stacey), Tony Briggs (Travis), Justine Clarke, Don Hany (Viktor Khadem), Anthony Hayes (Warren), Tony Martin (Prison Warden), Jane Menelaus (Glynis), Joana Pires (Mrs. Yousef), Xavier Samuel (Paul), Richard Stables (Ted), Robert Taylor (Vander), Harry Tseng (Dave), Hugo Weaving (Matt Perry), Mark Leonard Winter (Shane)

Runtime: 120 mins

Classification: M

OUR HEALING REVIEWS & RATINGS:

David Griffiths:

Over the past few years the prison genre of both the small screen and the big screen has become a reason for screenwriters to portray the art of brutality. Bashings, stabbings even the odd prison gets thrown in as Hollywood expects the audience to believe that most prisons are an absolute war zone. It’s therefore a bit of a relief to sit down and watch Healing, a film that is more about the rehabilitation and emotions of prisoners rather than the physical violence that goes along with prison life.

The central character of Healing is Viktor Khadem (Don Hany – TV’S Devil’s Playground & Serangoon Road), a fifty-something prisoner who has just been placed in the low security prison, Won Wron, as a way to prepare himself for release after serving eighteen years in Pentridge for murder. Here he finds himself befriending the lonely and quite, Paul (Xavier Samuel – Plush, Drift) – a prisoner who doesn’t like to talk about why he is in prison and certainly doesn’t want to see his family.

On his arrival at Won Wron one of the guards, Matt Perry (Hugo Weaving – The Mule, The Turning) realises that Viktor needs to seriously change before he is released but can’t find the right rehabilitation program for him. After seeing Viktor’s reaction to finding an injured wedge-tailed eagle he manages to talk the prison hierarchy into allowing him to set up a program headed up by Viktor which would see a select number of prisoners get to work closely with Healesville Sanctuary looking after injured birds of prey.

The program begins running and seems to have a positive effect on Viktor, however its whole existence seems to rest on the behaviour of Shane (Mark Leonard Winter – The Boy Castaways, Green Eyed), a prisoner whose limited mental capacity makes him seek out approval from those around him, sadly for the others that normally means he is loyal to the prison’s ‘king-pin’ Warren (Anthony Hayes – The Broken Shore, TV’S Secrets & Lies).

The first thing that hits you about Healing is the cinematography. Filmed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, who most would know from his work on The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, the film conjures up some beautiful shots of the wildlife at hand while also capturing some bird-eye views of the Victorian countryside that is rarely seen on the big screen. The visual brilliance of the film is well matched by an emotional script that really captures the thoughts and mind set of prisoners who have to face the reality of once again embarking on the big wide world.

Healing does have its faults though. There is the editing which sadly lets down the spectacular visuals. The cuts are noticeable (which should never happen in feature film) and at times makes you feel like you are watching something like Neighbours or Home & Away. The fact that the film’s bad guy, Anthony Hayes’ Warren, seems to throw back to every prison bad guy stereotype also drags down the film a little as well and at the end of the day makes him less menacing than he should be.

Another plus for the film however is the cast. The fact that smaller roles are filled by actors of the calibre of Tony Martin (Blood Brothers, Closed For Winter) and Robert Taylor (TV’S Mr & Mrs Murder & Longmire) gives a strong testament to how good this script is. Then there is Xavier Samuel and Mark Leonard Winter who put in credible performances, but they are outshone here by the leading men Hugo Weaving and Don Hany. Weaving puts in one of his relaxed-but-still-gripping performances while Hany delivers the performance that his legion of fans expected. Since his early days in White Collar Blue and his award-winning portrayal of Zane Malick in multicultural Police drama East West 101 the public has known that Don Hany would one day become a leading man that warrants feature film status. That certainly arrives with Healing which sees Hany play a character that is almost twenty years older than he actually is. To get into the role he ate junk food and started smoking, the result is a strong performance that should see him start to warrant overseas attention for his services.

Healing is hardly the kind of film that is going to be lapped by the popcorn brigade, no this is more a film for those who love good cinema. Heartfelt and warm Healing is the kind of film that will affect some emotionally.

Stars(3.5)

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3.5)

IMDB Rating: Nil.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Healing′: Please check Dave’s Healing review that aired on First On Film on J-Air on the 4th May, 2014.

Trailer:

Healing Poster

Pinnacle Films has launched the trailer for HEALING, the highly anticipated new film from multi-award winning Australian writer/director Craig Monahan (The Interview – AFI Best Film Award Winner, Peaches).

Healing is a powerful, moving story of redemption, the discovery of hope and the healing of the spirit – in the most unlikely place, for the most unique men, through the most unusual catalyst.

Don Hany (The Broken Shore, Serangoon Road, East West 101, Offspring) makes his feature film leading role debut as Viktor Khadem, a man who has almost given up on life after 18 years inside. Near the end of his sentence he is sent to Won Wron, a low-security prison farm 200 km outside Melbourne in regional Victoria, where Senior Case Worker Matt Perry (Hugo Weaving) has established a unique program to rehabilitate broken men through giving them the responsibility for the rehabilitation of injured raptors – beautiful, fearsome proud eagles, falcons and owls.

Against all odds, Matt takes on Viktor as his number one test case, introducing him to Yasmine, the majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle with a two metre wingspan. If these two can tame each other, anything is possible.

Inspired by real events, Healing is a new Australian film written and directed by Craig Monahan, the multi-award winning director of The Interview – Winner of Best Film – Australian Film Institute Awards.

The film was shot by Oscar®-winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie (The Hobbit, LOTR, Babe, Bran Nue Dae) with music by Oscar®- nominated composer David Hirschfelder (Elizabeth, Shine, Strictly Ballroom, The Truman Show, Australia)

Don Hany and Hugo Weaving are joined by a roll-call of some of Australia’s best talent including Xavier Samuel, Tony Martin, Mark Leonard Winter, Jane Menelaus, Robert Taylor, Anthony Hayes, Justine Clarke, Laura Brent and Tony Briggs.


HEALING is released in Australia on 8 May 2014 by Pinnacle Films.