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Cut Snake (2014)

R | | Thriller | January 2015 (USA)
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An ex-convict is trying to make a new life for himself in a new city. But his new life is challenged when his foreboding and charismatic former cell mate arrives in town.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Pommie
... Sparra Farrell
... Paula
Megan Holloway ... Yvonne
Kerry Walker ... Mrs. Farrell
... Duck
Paul Moder ... Carl
Jim Russell ... Neil
... May
Richard Anastasios ... Wayne
Graham Jahne ... Len
Syd Brisbane ... Ben
Luke Elliot ... Bruce
... Boss
Jack Daye ... Nightclub Drag Artist


Set in Melbourne in the mid-1970s, Cut Snake tells the story of Sparra Farrell (Alex Russell), an ex-convict who is trying to make a new life for himself in a new city. He has found honest work and even becomes engaged but the prospect of this new life is challenged when his foreboding and charismatic cell mate Pommie (Sullivan Stapleton) tracks him down upon his own release. Sparra finds himself enigmatically drawn back toward a world and a man that he was certain he had wanted to leave behind. Written by monterey media

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


You can hide from your past, but you can never escape it.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

January 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kesik Yilan  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$55, 16 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,625, 15 November 2015
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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film's title refers to the Australian term for "mad as a meat axe" or "crazy/passionate," reflecting what happens when you cut the head off a snake. See more »


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Crime and characters explored in 1970's Australia.
18 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

Cut Snake is the latest feature from Australian director Tony Ayers. I enjoyed his 2002 feature 'Walking on Water', and thought he was one to watch. Weaving between single dramas, mini series and feature films, Tony's latest Cut Snake is of interest for his name, and secondly for that of leading man Sullivan Stapleton. An actor on the rise, Sullivan has also been carving out a name for himself across different mediums, and he makes the most of his leading status, piercing the lens with his brooding frame and affect. It is at times a bold and shocking performance; one that elevates him, rightfully to leading status in this country. Alex Russell and Jessica De Gouw were both discoveries for me, and the former emerges with the more fleshed out and compelling character. It is beautifully designed and directed and an interesting interplay of genres and characterizations.

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