Set in the Australian wheat-belt in 1968, SEPTEMBER is a character driven film about two 15 year old boys - one black, one white - whose friendship begins to fall apart under the stress of a changing world. The film is about the boys trying to hold their friendship together in spite of the pressures imposed upon them by a turbulent social and political climate.
- Ed (Xavier Samuel) and Paddy (Clarence John Ryan) have been best friends for as long as they remember. While Ed goes to school, Paddy works with his father, Michael (Kelton Pell) labouring without pay on the farm owned by Ed's father, Rick (Kieran Darcy-Smith). Ed and Paddy spend their afternoons together - laughing, reading, smoking and building their own make-shift boxing ring in the golden wheat fields where they spar each day and dream of future glories. Their two families maintain a friendship while grappling with social and racial boundaries. But the winds of change, however, soon blow their way - both from within and from without. A new girl, Amelia (Mia Wasikowska) moves into the neighbourhood, increasingly becoming the focus of Ed's attention. At the same time, the national Aboriginal rights movement is gathering momentum and, when white farmers are finally forced to start paying wages to Aboriginal workers, the delicate, though unjust equilibrium of Michael and Rick's relationship cannot be sustained. For the first time, Paddy starts to see things as they really are and the result is heartbreaking.