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Confronting Oz drama sells to major territories

15 July 2014 8:14 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Distributors in the Us, UK and Germany have bought Drown, an Australian drama which its director Dean Francis describes as confronting and controversial. Adapted from Stephen Davis. play which prompted walk outs when it was staged by the Queensland Theatre Company, the film centres on three surf lifesavers whose big night out is marred by jealousy, homophobic fears, unrequited lust and violence.

The night culminates in a tragic, booze-fuelled episode of bullying. There is a graphic gay sex scene, says Francis, who does not want to speculate on the likely film classification.

The international sales agent, London-based High Point Films & TV, showed a work-in-progress to potential buyers at the Cannes Film Market.

German distributor Salzgeber quickly signed a deal and is planning a national cinema release. Subsequently Strand Releasing bought the rights for the Us, where it will have a niche theatrical release, and Peccadillo Pictures, which specialises in art house, »

- Don Groves

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Australian horror film casts lead

24 March 2014 9:48 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Daniel Feuerriegel (Spartacus: Blood and Sand) is attached to play the lead in Mayday Hill, an Australian horror/thriller inspired by true events.

The film will be shot at the former Beechworth Lunatic Asylum in Victoria, a notorious institution known as Mayday Hills to the locals. The asylum, which was the site of deaths, abuse and gruesome medical treatment, closed in 1995 after operating for 128 years.

The screenplay by Matthew Barker centres on a couple (Daniel and an actress who is now in negotiation) who visit the location and are confronted by the horrors of the past.

Director Dean Francis, who made his feature debut with 2010.s Road Train, told If the film melds true events with demonology and medical malpractice.. "It ties in with the gentrification of institutions into apartments, which hide a dark history," he said.

The producers are Janice Eymann (executive producer of Jon Amiel.s Creation), who brought the project to Francis, »

- Don Groves

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