Principal photography is complete on a new Australian feature film, written and directed by Abe Forsythe.
With the working title Down Under, and filmed over six weeks in early 2015, the feature stars Lincoln Younes (Hiding, Love Child Season 2), Rahel Romahn (Underbelly: The Golden Mile, The Combination), Michael Denkha (The Combination, Stealth), Fayssal Bazzi (Crownies, Cedar Boys), Alexander England (Gods Of Egypt, Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story), Damon Herriman (The Water Diviner, The Little Death, Justified), Justin Rosniak (Animal Kingdom), Harriet Dyer (Love Child, Janet King) and introduces Christopher Bunton. It also features Josh McConville, Dylan Young, Christiaan Van Vurren, Anthony Taufa as well as with Marshall Napier (The Water Horse, Babe) and David Field (Last Cab To Darwin, The Rover, Chopper).
A black comedy set during the aftermath of the Cronulla riots, it is the story of two carloads of hotheads from both sides of the fight destined to collide. What was meant to be a retaliation mission turns into something none of them could ever have imagined. Deliberately provocative and confronting racism head on, Down Under is the story of a catastrophe waiting to happen. As a new day dawns, lives will never be the same.
Presented by Screen Australia, Down Under is a Wild Eddie Production, in association with El Guapo Films and Emu Creek Pictures, produced in conjunction with STUDIOCANAL, written and directed by Abe Forsythe, produced by Jodi Matterson and executive produced by Greg Mclean.
Writer and director Abe Forsythe said: “By tackling the subject matter contained in this film, my aim is to provoke a reaction not usually found in comedy. All my favourite comedies are tragedies and what happened to our national identity on the day of the Cronulla riots was a tragedy. I can't wait for people to follow the characters and the world my cast and crew have helped me build. It's not that different from the world we currently live in.”
Producer Jodi Matterson said: “As we approach the ten year anniversary of the Cronulla riots, we have just completed shooting what we hope to be a funny, confronting and ultimately poignant film. This story is about how ignorance and bad decisions can quickly spiral out of control, with tragic consequences for both sides.”