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Riverside Cinema


Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 24 July - 29 July 2016

Join us for a post-screening Q&A with special guest Dean Francis (director and writer) and hosted by Jonathan Llewellyn on 24 July at 6pm

Violence, jealousy, desire and what it takes to hide who you are.

Len is a Surf Lifesaving champion in the cloistered surf club just like his father.  But when the younger, fitter Phil arrives at the club, Len’s legendary status starts to crumble. Then Len sees Phil in the company of another man. Phil is gay. Over the summer, Len forms unexpected, confusing feelings for Phil and jealousy, homophobic fear and unrequited lust push him to the edge.

Classification: R18+ (High impact sexual violence and themes)
Distributor: Label Distribution

Dates & Times:
Sunday 24 July 6pm (Includes Q&A)
Friday 29 July 8pm

“A film made with such ferocious intensity that it can’t be dismissed or ignored” – Cinema Junkie

“One gell of a powerful movie!” Graeme Blundell, Foxtel Screen

“The intensity, the on-screen talent…all relentless.” – CGiii film 

“Lyrical and brutal by turns,  DROWN is a tour de force…” – Edge Media

“DROWN is eye-catching in all senses of the phrase…a feature marked by pumped production, lensing and performance that establishes Francis and his leads as talent to watch.” – FilmInk 

“Outwardly, Dean Francis’ Drown is a story about homophobia in sport through the scantily clad world of surf lifesavers in Sydney. Yet this gripping film goes much deeper to examine the tragic consequences of unchecked self-loathing in a heavily defined and hard drinking culture of mateship.” – FilmInk 

Already invited to 14 International Film Festivals: 

WINNER! Best Narrative Feature*
WINNER! Best Actor in a Feature Film — Matt Levett*
WINNER! Best Actor in a Supporting Role — Harry Cook*
WINNER! Best Cinematography — Dean Francis*
WINNER! Best Soundtrack — Ian Kitney*
WINNER! Outstanding Artistic Achievement
WINNER! Best Feature**
* FilmOut San Diego / ** Melbourne Queer Film Festival

jj splice films in association with High Concept Media Group, Cut10 Pictures and Lost Kitten present
A film by Dean Francis
Starring Matt Levett, Jack Matthews, Sam Anderson and Harry Cook
With Heather Mitchell, Anthony Phelan and Maya Stange
Based on a play by Stephen Davis Casting by Timothy May  Production Designer Christopher Baldry Music by Ian Kitney 
Sound Designer Brooke Trezise Editors Dean Francis and Thomas Goodin  Cinematographer Dean Francis   Executive ProducersRaymond Y. H. Chan, Nicole Harcourt, Lucas Plunkett, Shaun Miller and Ross Jacobs 
Written and Produced by Stephen Davis and Dean Francis  Directed by Dean Francis

DROWN was produced with the generous support of contributors to our Indiegogo campaign. Click here to find out who they are…

Australian Publicity by Drew Lambert Communications


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Approximately 1 hour 33 minutes (No interval)

Ticket Prices

Sidekicks Adult $12
Sidekicks Concession $9
Adult $15
Concession $12
F/T Student $12

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Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
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