6.0/10
1,112
8 user 34 critic

The Turning (2013)

Trailer
1:58 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

A collection of short films based on stories by Australian writer Tim Winton.

Writers:

(short stories), (screenplay) | 17 more credits »
Reviews
6 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Little Fish (2005)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Set in the Little Saigon district outside of Sydney, a woman (Blanchett) trying to escape her past becomes embroiled in a drug deal.

Director: Rowan Woods
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Sam Neill, Hugo Weaving
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A complicated chain of events is triggered when a child is taken and relationships are thrown into crisis.

Stars: Xavier Samuel, Alex Dimitriades, Andrea Demetriades
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

While in post-war Berlin to cover the Potsdam Conference, an American military journalist is drawn into a murder investigation which involves his former mistress and his driver.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Tobey Maguire
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.

Director: Justin Kurzel
Stars: Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris
Heaven I (2002)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A woman takes the law into her own hands after police ignore her pleas to arrest the man responsible for her husband's death, and finds herself not only under arrest for murder but falling in love with an officer.

Director: Tom Tykwer
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Remo Girone
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An Irish journalist writes a series of stories about drug dealers.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell, Brenda Fricker
Somersault (2004)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young girl flees her hometown and arrives in the Australian Alps, where new experiences help her learn the differences between sex and love.

Director: Cate Shortland
Stars: Abbie Cornish, Sam Worthington, Lynette Curran
The Missing I (2003)
Adventure | Thriller | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1885 New Mexico, a frontier medicine woman forms an uneasy alliance with her estranged father when her daughter is kidnapped by an Apache brujo.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood
Truth (2015)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush's military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers.

Director: James Vanderbilt
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Dennis Quaid
The Mule (2014)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A first time drug mule is caught by law enforcement.

Directors: Tony Mahony, Angus Sampson
Stars: Hugo Weaving, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A teenage Australian girl deals with the traumas of everyday life. These include her difficult relationship with her single mother, the unexpected return of her long-lost father, the ... See full summary »

Director: Kate Woods
Stars: Greta Scacchi, Anthony LaPaglia, Elena Cotta
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

Director: Todd Haynes
Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Narrator (segment "Ash Wednesday") (voice)
... Davo (segment "Big World")
Henri Phillips ... Biggie (segment "Big World")
Nikita Leigh-Pritchard ... Meg (segment "Big World")
Tim Winton ... Adult Narrator (segment "Big World") (voice)
Joseph Pedley ... Vic (segment "Abbreviation")
Cheyanne Pearce ... Melanie (segment "Abbreviation")
... David Wilson (segment "Aquifer")
... Young David (segment "Aquifer")
Gwy McKenna ... Alan Mannering (segment "Aquifer")
... Alan's Friend (segment "Aquifer")
Brooklyn Bathurst ... Alan's Friend (segment "Aquifer")
... David's Wife (segment "Aquifer")
Megan Flamer ... Reporter (segment "Aquifer")
Michael Mackenzie ... Newscaster (segment "Aquifer")
Edit

Storyline

The Turning explores the impact of past on present, how the seemingly random incidents that change and shape us can never be escaped or let go of. All of the stories are bound together by recurring themes; the passing of time, regret, addiction and obsession. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A unique cinema event. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence including a rape, some sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 September 2013 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

10 мгновений судьбы  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-edited) | (theatrical)

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The animated segment is based on the poem, 'Ash Wednesday', by T.S. Eliot. See more »

Soundtracks

ABC News Theme
(segment 'Long Clear View')
Written by Martin Armiger
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It is what it is – a group exhibition
27 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

THE TURNING is a breath of fresh air, an experimental Australian film based of the short stories of the gifted writer Tim Winton. Every aspect of the film is unique, challenging and utterly mesmerizing. The quiet animated opening sequence 'Ash Wednesday' (based on TS Eliot's poem of the same name, is simply an eerie animation narrated by off screen Colin Friels and sets the mood for the episodes to come.

The film is divided in to eighteen short segments - Big World, Aquifier, Abbreviation, Ash Wednesday, Damaged Goods, Small Mercies, On Her Knees, Cockleshell, The Turning, Sand, Family, Long, Clear View, Reunion, Commission, Fog, Boner McPharlin's Moll, Immunity (a wordless, modern dance piece), and Defender – and presented as a three- hour epic based on Tim Winton's short story collection, THE TURNING, and explores the impact of past on present, how the seemingly random incidents that change and shape us can never be escaped or let go of. All of the stories are bound together by recurring themes: the passing of time, regret, addiction and obsession.

The stories are set on a coastal stretch of Western Australia, 'a stunning collection of connected stories is about turnings of all kinds -- changes of heart, slow awakenings, nasty surprises and accidents, sudden detours, resolves made or broken. Brothers cease speaking to each other, husbands abandon wives and children, grown men are haunted by childhood fears. People struggle against the weight of their own history and try to reconcile themselves to their place in the world. With extraordinary insight and tenderness, Winton explores the demons and frailties of ordinary people whose lives are not what they had hoped.'

Each of the book's 18 stories is interpreted on film by a different team of filmmakers, including collaborators from the worlds of theatre, photography, visual art and dance. Characters re-appear in different episodes at different stages of their lives, fleshed out in snapshots that explore recurring themes from different angles. The lives of fishermen, surfers, AFL players, the working class and angst-ridden suburbanites are chronicled with sometimes dark themes, including alcoholism, child homicide and police corruption. A number of key episodes feature Aboriginal characters and symbols. Though the film courts the mystical, it's grounded with romance and macabre suspense.

Overlooked by many, this film is one for the most poetically satisfying visual experiences and deserves far more attention than it has received.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial