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Releases May 21, 2021
Aaron Falk returns to his drought-stricken hometown to attend a tragic funeral. But his return opens a decades-old wound - the unsolved death of a teenage girl.


Robert Connolly


Harry Cripps (screenplay), Robert Connolly (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Bana ... Aaron Falk
Genevieve O'Reilly ... Gretchen
Keir O'Donnell ... Greg Raco
John Polson ... Scott Whitlam
Julia Blake ... Barb
Bruce Spence ... Gerry Hadler
William Zappa ... Mal Deacon
Matt Nable ... Grant Dow
James Frecheville ... Jamie Sullivan
Jeremy Lindsay Taylor ... Erik Falk
Joe Klocek ... Young Aaron Falk
BeBe Bettencourt ... Ellie Deacon
Claude Scott-Mitchell ... Young Gretchen
Sam Corlett ... Young Luke
Miranda Tapsell ... Rita Raco


Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns to his home town after an absence of over twenty years to attend the funeral of his childhood friend, Luke, who allegedly killed his wife and child before taking his own life - a victim of the madness that has ravaged this community after more than a decade of drought. When Falk reluctantly agrees to stay and investigate the crime, he opens up an old wound - the death of 17- year-old Ellie Deacon. Falk begins to suspect these two crimes, separated by decades, are connected. As he struggles to prove not only Luke's innocence but also his own, Falk finds himself pitted against the prejudice towards him and and pent-up rage of a terrified community.

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

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Based on the book 'The Dry' written by Jane Harper. See more »


Aaron left town when Ellie died in 1991. The year 2018 is seen in the school documents. But they keep telling the accident happened 20 years ago when it was almost 30 years. Also the phones and the Audi model are closer to 2020's decade. See more »


Scott Whitlam: Suburbia in the country? Worst of both worlds.
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A good story at the time of the drought
18 December 2020 | by lorraine-bennSee all my reviews

This film really captures the atmosphere of a small Australian country town after a long drought. The river has run dry, and fields are parched. Aaron Falk, who grew up in the town but moved to the city when an older teenager, returns for the funeral of his boyhood friend, Luke. Luke's wife and son have been killed and it is assumed that Luke is the culprit, but Luke's parents ask Aaron (who is now a police officer in Melbourne) to do some unofficial investigating. Aaron teams up with the young local policeman to come with some unexpected solutions. The acting of Eric Bana and others make this an intriguing film. My only concern was that some of the flashbacks were a little bit confusing. The film shows the sort of small country town where rumours can be spread and believed for years. Aaron feels compelled to find and reveal the truth.

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21 May 2021 (USA) See more »

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The Dry See more »

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »


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