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JOHN, his wife EMILY, and their small son EDWARD leave the city for what they believe will be a brief foray to the countryside to claim John's inheritance - a small shack. They find ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Michael Baldwin ...
Don Barker ...
Mark Constable ...
Julia Fry ...
Barfly girl
Arthur Graftz ...
Graveyard man
Edwin Hodgeman ...
Old Man in motel
Duncan Luke ...
Sitting man
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Stephen Sheehan ...
Rob Sinkinson ...
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JOHN, his wife EMILY, and their small son EDWARD leave the city for what they believe will be a brief foray to the countryside to claim John's inheritance - a small shack. They find themselves in a strange back-woods rural setting. Nothing is what it seems, and JOHN's behavior becomes increasingly bizarre as he crosses paths with the unusual inhabitants of the area, some of whom he knows from a distant past. As his connections to the area are gradually revealed, we are shown a puzzle and a tapestry of our hero and his life before he moved away. To his wife's horror we witness a man who belongs to a long lineage of disaster and mishap and rural weirdness. As the realization sets in of what has happened, the specter of the next-in-line, his son EDWARD, becomes spookily evident. Written by Dieter Muller

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Happy happy, joy, joy, until someone gets hurt....


Horror | Mystery





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1 February 2006 (Australia)  »

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Film was first rejected by Melbourne and Sydney Film Fests before scoring invites to over a dozen international film festivals including Locarno, Shanghai, Moscow, Split, Sao Paulo, Hofer-Filmtage, Kiev International and Mannheim-Heidelburg. See more »


John: He just wears a hat... and wanders around
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Australian Cinema is still unique
20 September 2006 | by (Kansas City, USA) – See all my reviews

I caught this movie at the Glenwood Cinemas at the weekend as part of the Kansas International Film Festival, which, as usual has provided a thoughtful and eclectic sample of world cinema.

I have been keen on Australian Film for a number of years, so was pleased to learn that this film was included, and I was certainly not disappointed.

Superbly shot, firmly directed, it's an eerie tale of one man and his journey to the heart of darkness, as it were. It reminded me a tad of Lynch's Wild at Heart, it has that strange madness in it, but I was glued to the movie for other reasons - namely that it presents a portrait of Australia which is..well, very believable.

I have vacationed to the Land Down Under a number of times, once in the 1980's and again about 7 years ago with my wife.

I don't wish to go to great lengths explaining my vacations, but the director Frayne appears to have a grasp on much that I find so odd and eccentric about Australia, a country that is responsible for the extremities of, say, Nick Cave on one hand, and Steve Irwin (the 'Crocodile Hunter') on the other.

One incy wincy whinge - - I would have preferred even more of the 'unknown' Australia. Much more in fact. But I also realise that there's only 1 and a half hours to do it all in... 'Sigh.'

Overall though, this movie is very, very accomplished.

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