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Swerve -- When Colin happens across a fatal car accident and a suitcase full of money, he soon becomes entangled in the dangerous lives of a crooked local cop and his mysterious wife. His initial good deed leads to a series of deadly events, and Colin struggles in a game of survival set against the backdrop of the South Australian outback.


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Release Date:
6 December 2013 (USA) See more »
Wrong turn. Wrong place. Wrong time.
Colin happens upon a road accident where he finds a dead man, a beautiful woman, and a suitcase full of money. After trying to do the right thing he soon finds himself caught up in a dangerous scheme. | Add synopsis »
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Pulpy Neo-Noir in the Australian Outback. See more (11 total) »


  (in credits order)

Jason Clarke ... Frank

Emma Booth ... Jina

David Lyons ... Colin
Travis McMahon ... Charlie

Vince Colosimo ... Sam

Robert Mammone ... Logan

Chris Haywood ... Armstrong

Roy Billing ... Good Samaritan

Greg Stone ... Publican

Andy Anderson ... Ambulance Officer
Scott Harrison ... Ambulance Driver
Brendan Guerin ... Officer #1
Brendan Rock ... Officer #2
Edmund Pegge ... Buyer (as Ed Pegge)
Luke Jericho ... Chris Welles

Chan Griffin ... Tran
Steve Turner ... Local
Brett Hughes ... Porter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chris Asimos ... Valet (uncredited)

Glenn McMillan ... Saxophone Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Craig Lahiff 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Craig Lahiff  written by

Produced by
Craig Lahiff .... producer
Helen Leake .... producer
Bryce Menzies .... executive producer
Gary Phillips .... executive producer
Kent Smith .... producer
Mark Vennis .... executive producer
Original Music by
Paul Grabowsky 
Cinematography by
David Foreman 
Film Editing by
Sean Lahiff 
Production Design by
Tony Cronin 
Art Direction by
Chris Jobson 
Costume Design by
Ruth De la Lande 
Makeup Department
Louise Coulston .... key makeup/hair
Margo Orsatti .... makeup/hair
Fiona Rees-Jones .... makeup/hair supervisor
Production Management
Michael Gill .... unit manager
Skye Kennett .... production secretary
David Lightfoot .... unit production manager
Dale Roberts .... post-production supervisor
Christine Williams .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shannon Crotty .... third assistant director
Travis Kalendra .... second assistant director
Andrew Power .... first assistant director
Art Department
John Coory .... armourer
Peter Jobson .... picture vehicle coordinator
Geoffrey Tarr .... props
Gareth Wilkes .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Marco Arlotta .... boom operator
Duncan Campbell .... sound effects editor
Des Kenneally .... sound recordist (as Des Keneally)
Adrian Medhurst .... mix assistant
Will Sheridan .... boom operator
John Simpson .... foley artist
Lisa Simpson .... foley recordist
Peter D. Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Martyn Zub .... sound effects editor
Martyn Zub .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Martin Bracher .... special effects technician
Mark Hollowell .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Ryan Wise Dasystem .... title design
Mark Dickson .... digital effects artist
Simon Herden .... digital compositor
Simon Herden .... vfx supervisor attachment
Sean Lahiff .... credits
Marty Pepper .... visual effects supervisor
Kevin Russell .... visual effects artist
Glenn Boswell .... stunt coordinator
Raelene Chapman .... stunt double: Jina
Mark Duncan .... stunt performer
Nigel Harbach .... stunt performer
Mick Hodge .... assistant stunt coordinator
Bernard Ledger .... action coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Storm Ashwood .... best boy
Maxx Corkindale .... assistant camera
John Foster .... first assistant camera
Vivyan Madigan .... video split
Leigh Nemeth .... electrician
Richard Rees-Jones .... gaffer
Mark Rogers .... stills photographer
Dan Sandford .... grip
John Smith .... key grip
Casting Department
Angela Heesom .... casting
Angela Heesom .... extras casting
Louise Heesom Smith .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robyn Jones .... wardrobe
Lynda Rich .... wardrobe stand-by (as Lynda Clifford)
Editorial Department
Sam Matthews .... digital intermediate assistant
Marty Pepper .... digital intermediate colorist
Jenny Wardrop .... first assistant editor
Transportation Department
Guillaume Vetu .... unit assistant
Other crew
Jamie Bialkower .... distribution consultant
Mark Evans .... location manager
Lara Mansvelders .... assistant production coordinator
Ravi Moerman .... work experience trainee
Matt Pearson .... production runner
Daryl Watson .... script supervisor

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality/nudity
86 min
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The types of banknotes in the briefcase full of money were $100 Australian bills.See more »
Miscellaneous: When Frank gets clubbed from behind by Charlie he falls face down with his hands up by his face. He's facing to the right. When the camera pans back Frank is facing to the left even though he's knocked out. When Jina arrives she finds Frank on the floor but his arm position has changed to one arm down making it easier to roll him over.See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Pulpy Neo-Noir in the Australian Outback., 8 August 2014
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Swerve is written and directed by Craig Lahiff. It stars Emma Booth, Jason Clarke, David Lyons, Vince Colosimo and Travis MacMahon. Music is by Paul Grabowsky and cinematography by David Foreman.

It was done absolutely no favours by the marketing department, the studio executives clearly not having a clue what sort of film they had on their hands. Even the home format releases are adorned with enticing slogans such as "The New Mad Max" and etc, which is utter tosh and only of use to dupe high energy action film fans into buying the product.

Swerve is a clinical piece of neo-noir, it stabs its tongue into its bloody cheek whilst adhering with great success to the conventional rules of film noir. The characterisations, the triple pronged narrative front and visual ticks are all here, with a healthy slice of sly humour sprinkled over the top of things.

Story will be familiar to purveyors of noir and its devilish off-shoots. Man comes across the remnants of an auto-mobile crash, bringing him into contact with a gorgeous lady and her less than stable husband. Oh and there's a suitcase full of cash as well. From there it's welcome to noirville – Oz style, as characters battle hard to keep out of the sticky cobweb woven by Lahiff.

Violence and action marries up with the cunning machinations of the characters, where of course nothing is ever as it seems, the means and motivations shady at best. Grabowsky serves up a quirky music score that probably shouldn't fit an Australian neo-noir, but it really does, especially upon reflection of the story at pic's culmination.

Lahiff and Foreman offer up some super cinematography. The Australian vistas are sumptuous, the sun drenched back drops perfect for a sweaty tale of dupe, divide and domination. Classical noir visuals are used with great effect, as shadows and rippled reflections drive home the psychological discord pulsing away in the plot.

Booth (The Boys Are Back), Clarke (Texas Killing Fields/Lawless) and Lyons (Save Your Legs!) turn in crackling performances for their director, with Booth standing out as she sizzles and sauces the femme fatale role that shows an acting talent few give her credit for.

Problems exist with a couple of the action sequences, Lahiff not a dab hand at constructing with conviction. Elsewhere the comparisons with films of a similar ilk, better ones, serve a familiarity factor that some may find hard to forgive (Lahiff practically remaking his own Fever from 1989). Yet this deserves better than its current low ranking on internet sites. A victim of poor marketing as votes from those not expecting a neo-noir have been held against it. Neo buffs should check it out. 7.5/10

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