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Fell (2014)

Fell is an entrancing and enigmatic drama - a dreamlike, visually resplendent tale of nature, revenge and redemption.

Director:

Kasimir Burgess

Writer:

Natasha Pincus
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Nable ... Thomas / Chris
Isabella Garwoli ... Lara
Brett Robin Brett Robin ... Steve
Eddie Baroo ... Gary
Syd Brisbane Syd Brisbane ... Smythe
Daniel Henshall ... Luke
Adele Perovic ... Karen
Daniel P. Jones ... Used Car Salesman
Jacqueline McKenzie ... Rachel
John Brumpton ... Bob
Richard Sutherland ... Jeffries
Reef Ireland ... Sammy
Damian Hill ... Kelly
Sue Jones Sue Jones ... Isabel
Emily Thomson ... Madeleine
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Fell is an entrancing and enigmatic drama - a dreamlike, visually resplendent tale of nature, revenge and redemption.

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Taglines:

Nature. Revenge. Redemption.

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 2015 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Victoria, Australia See more »

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Felix Media See more »
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Color
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The book that Luke (Daniel Henshall) records for his daughter is "My Dad" by Anthony Browne. See more »

Goofs

Forest industry workers would have more protective clothing on when using chainsaws e.g. gloves, chaps, safety glasses/ masks. However as this logging company is working in remote areas, workers may neglect to use appropriate protective clothing. See more »

Soundtracks

Idumea / Am I Born to Die?
Written by Charles Wesley / Ananias Davisson
Performed by Conor O'Hanlon and Oliver Dear
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A stunning debut for Kasimir Burgess
15 June 2014 | by lacqueredmouseSee all my reviews

I saw this film recently at the Sydney Film Festival, and admittedly had fairly neutral expectations for it beforehand. But this is a really wonderful film that must presage a bright future ahead for Australian cinema.

Fell is the debut feature from director Kasimir Burgess, and he shows a wonderful craft in his first film. The story is simple enough. Thomas (Matt Nable) is camping with his young daughter when she is tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident with a logging truck. The driver, Luke (Daniel Henshall), is sent to prison for it. Fast-forward five years and a shattered Thomas has left his city life to settle in the town where the accident took place, and begins working as a logger. It appears he's waiting for the moment when Luke is released from prison, and returns.

It's a really quite stunning film in many ways. The cinematography is truly excellent, and captures the depth and beauty of the Australian bush. The performances are restrained but extremely powerful, in particular Matt Nable as Thomas, whose pain is palpable even through such a taciturn character.

So many of the pieces of the production add to the atmosphere. The sound design is wonderful, with the score evoking the calls of birds in the bush against the hum of chainsaws. Editing is done to allow long, languid shots of the environment while we the audience muse on some piece of emotional turmoil in the story.

It really was a truly wonderful film, especially when taken as a complete package. I was incredibly moved by it by the end, and the journey it took me on was sublime. I await Burgess's next feature with anticipation.


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