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Australia Day (2017)

A trio of intertwined tales of racial prejudice, misunderstanding and revenge play out against the backdrop of Australia's national holiday.


Kriv Stenders
3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Miah Madden ... April Tucker
Elias Anton ... Sami Ghaznavi
Jenny Wu ... Lan Chang
Daniel Webber ... Jason Patterson
Luke Howell ... Tony Agosti
Shari Sebbens Shari Sebbens ... Sonya Mackenzie
Yasmin Honeychurch ... Kaytee Tucker
Bryan Brown ... Terry Friedman
Kee Chan ... Zhou Chong
Burgess Abernethy ... Traffic Investigator Sergeant
Roxanne Mcdonald Roxanne Mcdonald ... Indigenous Woman
Isabelle Cornish ... Chloe Patterson
Sean Keenan ... Dean Patterson
Neil Pigot ... Inspector Michael Bester
Jacy Lewis Jacy Lewis ... Senior Constable Liz Jamieson


On Australia's most controversial national holiday, the lives of three Australians from diverse cultural backgrounds will collide, illuminating contemporary issues of racial tension and national identity that simmer beneath the surface of modern Australia.

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Whilst the nation celebrates with beach and backyard barbeques, three young individuals find themselves alone and facing racism, oppression and violence. See more »



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Third of three feature film collaborations [to date, September 2017] of actor Bryan Brown and director Kriv Stenders after Kill Me Three Times (2014) and the previous year's Red Dog: True Blue (2016). See more »


A white iPhone is used incorrectly, because the actor has a conversation with a caller whilst holding the iPhone the wrong way, with the microphone next to his ear and the loudspeaker next to his mouth. See more »

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Powerful Resonance
15 February 2018 | by diogenes-858-449167See all my reviews

The majority of us (Australians) live in cities and towns where these stories occur. We see the product of Australia Day simmering around us, in differing forms, every day. This movie takes us beneath the surface. We're allowed to follow those people we've taken for granted, dismissed, buffered ourselves against or plain ignored because we can. As sober entertainment and something worth watching, the results are a thing to be proud of.

Stephen M Irwin and Kriv Stenders get the basics right with the writing and direction, and it shows in this movie becoming greater than the sum of its parts. Story telling and performances are solid in that benefit.

Excellent casting, awesome technical and camera unit work pull us into the lives and drama of our everyday victims and protagonists. Uniformly good writing, direction and excellent performances allow us to genuinely care about the strangers lives we're watching, Brian Brown captures the quiet desperation of an older, Australian man caught between a rock and a hard place, trying to do the right thing. Plaudits to the cameraman on his closeups of Brown. The Australian landscape and Brown's face are now synonymous. The people and drama in Australia day will resonate strongly with many Australians. It entertains and confronts us with truths we're usually able to walk past. Foreign audience will enjoy it as something casting a believable, strong reflection on Australian people, and the Australian enigma.

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12 June 2017 (Australia) See more »

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