The first look at Down Under, the sure-to-be controversial Australian black comedy telling the story of the aftermath of the Cronulla riots has arrived. The image, and film, features both perspectives of the fight and, through humour, director Abe Forsythe deliberately confronts racism head on.
“There is nothing more satisfying than getting people to laugh at something they feel like they shouldn’t be laughing at. Comedy is the best way to say something meaningful,” he says.
The images arrive alongside the 10th anniversary of the racially fuelled riots. According to producers, Down Under depicts racism as a by-product of characters that are long for a sense of belonging and control. The film aims to present a poignant story through the comedic lens following some of the sincere, albeit misguided, groups and their kebab-cravings.
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Down Under stars Lincoln Younes (Hiding, Love Child Season 2), Rahel Romahn (Underbelly: The Golden Mile, The Combination), Damon Herriman (The Water Diviner, The Little Death, Justified), Michael Denkha (The Combination, Stealth), Fayssal Bazzi (Crownies, Cedar Boys), Alexander England (Gods Of Egypt, Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story), Justin Rosniak (Animal Kingdom), Harriet Dyer (Love Child, Janet King) and introduces Christopher Bunton. It also features Josh McConville, Dylan Young, Christiaan Van Vuuren, Anthony Taufa along with Marshall Napier (The Water Horse, Babe) and David Field (Last Cab To Darwin, The Rover, Chopper).
Down Under will release in cinemas in 2016, distributed by STUDIOCANAL Australia.