Featuring post-screening Q&A with director Partho Sen-Gupta
Ameena, a young hijab wearing Australian of Palestinian origin, disappears one night after featuring in a slam poetry gathering in the suburbs of Sydney. An Australian air force fighter is shot down over Syria and the pilot is captured by the IS. The two unconnected events wreak hell in the quiet suburban life of Ricky (Tariq, Ameena’s brother) who runs a small neighbourhood hipster café with his wife Sally.
The case is handed to Police inspector, Joanne Hendricks, only weeks back at her job following a long convalescence after a nervous breakdown brought on by her son, Ryan’s death a few years earlier in Afghanistan. Despite all Joanne’s efforts, Ameena cannot be found. In a climate of mistrust and xenophobia, it is suggested in the media that she is not a missing person but a ‘home grown radical’ who has gone to Syria to join the Islamic State.
The pilot is cruelly assassinated and the video circulated. The state and the media put into force a performance of discipline and punishment. Despite his innocence, Ricky must atone for the sins of all those deemed responsible and, for the sake of his family, denounce his sister. But, for Joanne, the only way to rid herself of her ghosts is to discover the truth behind Ameena’s disappearance.
“a propulsive and engrossing thriller” – Richard Kuipers, Variety
**** “…very impressive…enthralling” – David Stratton, The Australian
**** ” an eloquent film with big things to say” – Sandra Hall, SMH
MA 15 + Strong Coarse Language
English & Arabic with English subtitles
RICKY NASSER Adam Bakri
RACHAEL BLAKE Joanne Hendricks
REBECCA BREEDS Sally McLeary-Nasser
DARINA AL JOUNDHI Rana Nasser
JULIAN MAROUN Omar
ABBEY AZIZ Hanan Faour
WRITER Partho Sen-Gupta
DIRECTOR Partho Sen-Gupta
PRODUCERS Michael Wrenn – Invisible Republic, AU Marc Irmer – Dolce Vita, FR Tenille Kennedy – The Koop, AU
CO-PRODUCER Charles Billeh
CINEMATOGRAPHER Bonnie Elliot ACS
EDITOR Annick Raoul
SOUND DESIGN Nicolas Becker
Michael Wrenn has been in the film industry for 20+ years working in exhibition, distribution, production, sales and acquisitions in both the UK, France and Australasia. Since 2000 he has settled in Australia and New Zealand having run development for the New Zealand Film Commission, managed Australasian acquisitions for Celluloid Dreams and Maximum Films, created distribution outfit Curious Distribution and worked with Arclight Films on all aspects of development and production. Previously he was Head of Distribution for Momentum Films in the UK (now eOne) as well as holding senior roles with Alliance Atlantis, Kinowelt and Electric Pictures. Now he works as a producer across a range of projects, budgets and genres.
Marc Irmer is a french fiction and documentary film producer who has been working for 15 years developing both French and international coproductions. His company Dolce Vita Films and previously 1001 Productions has produced over 15 feature films which include Berlinale premiere Hotel Harabati by Brice Cauvin, Darwins Nightmare by Hubert Sauper, Toronto and Sundance participant Unwanted Witness by Juan Lozano, Venice awardedLas Ninas Quispe by Sebastian Sepulveda and Karlovy Vary grand prize winner Le Grand Cahier by Janos Szasz. His last production is Sunrise by Partho Sen Gupta, currently in worldwide release after Busan, Tribeca, Sitges and London premieres.
Tenille Kennedy is an Australian feature film producer with 13 years experience. She got her start as a producer’s assistant and has worked across television, feature film and children’s animations. Her recent credits include producing feature film Bad Girl (Busan International Film Festival 2016); co- producing three chapters of the compendium feature film based on Tim Winton’s best-selling novel, The Turning (Berlin Film Festival 2014); and as Associate Producer on ABC telemovie An Accidental Soldier.
Charles Billeh grew up with a relentless passion for cinema and storytelling and has now been working in the Australian film and television industry for several years. He graduated with a Diploma in Screen Producing from the Australian Film Television Radio School (AFTRS) in 2013. His work has earned numerous accolades and has been screened at multiple festivals and exhibitions around the world.