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‘Down Under’ review [Lff 2016]

9 October 2016 9:35 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Down Under review: The shenanigans in the shire is an absurdly entertaining riot.

Down Under review by Sacha Hall, Lff 2016.

Down Under review – Photograph by David Dare Parker

Welcome to my back yard!

The Shire. No, not the land of hobbits you know on middle-earth but the surf-loving, fair-dinkum locale of sporting stars, swimsuit models and middle to upper class white folks.  An area that is as iconic to Sydneysider’s as Bondi is to the world.

And just like that partially-truthful throwaway statement, director Abe Forsythe walks a fine line between truth and absurd extremism in his latest film Down Under.

Flipping racially driven tragedy into comedy, Forsythe delivers an acerbic tale set during the aftermath of the 2005 Cronulla riots with two carloads of hotheads throwing common sense out of their pussy-wagon and hotted-up Commie windows.

In the homologous suburb of Lakemba, Hassim (Lincoln Younes) eschews the middle-eastern stereotype; he’s studious, »

- Sacha Hall

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Abe Forsythe's Down Under locks in Australian theatrical release

14 January 2016 4:04 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Top: Fayssal Bazzi as D-mac, Rahel Romahn as Nick, Michael Denkha as Ibrahim and Lincoln Younes as Hassim

Bottom: Damon Herriman as Jason, Justin Rosniak as Ditch, Alexander England as Shit-stick and Chris Bunton as Evan

Photographer credit: David Dare Parker


Abe Forsythe's black comedy Down Under is set to hit Australian cinemas on August 4.

Distributed by StudioCanal, the film is a black comedy set during the aftermath of the Cronulla riots.

As Forsythe's second feature, it is the story of two carloads of hotheads from both sides of the fight destined to collide..

Sincere, though misguided, intent gives way to farcical ineptitude as this hilarious yet poignant story of ignorance, fear and kebab-cravings unfolds, and what was meant to be a retaliation mission turns into something neither side could have imagined.

During the shoot, Forsythe told If the narrative mined comedy through the heavy drama.

.The humour turns »

- Staff Writer

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