Out in Perth
May 7, 2014
Directed by Craig Monahan
After 18 years in prison for murder, Viktor (Don Hany) is transferred to a Won Wron, a low security prison farm 200 km outside Melbourne in regional Victoria. He does his time quietly, sharing a room with withdrawn Paul (Xavier Samuel) and unreliable Shane (Mark Winter) who are both nearing the end of their time in prison.
To prepare them for the world beyond prison walls, the prison officers also have to be case workers and counsellors who have to come up with rehabilitation projects. Prison Officer Matt (Hugo Weaving) establishes a program where the men rehabilitate injured raptors – beautiful, fearsome eagles, falcons and owls. Viktor takes on the responsibility of looking after Yasmine – a majestic wedge tailed eagle with a two metre wingspan.
There are obvious parallels between the men who have given up hope and the injured birds of prey, and with Academy Award winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie behind the camera, this story of redemption hits an emotional soft spot. This powerful film was inspired by the remarkable Raptor Rehabilitation Program that exists between Healesville Sanctuary and Prisons Victoria. Director Craig Monahan followed the progress of this program and witnessed the unexpected and inspirational successes it achieved. “The relationship between the most hardened and hopeless men and the vulnerable, damaged birds wrought unimaginable changes. It is not about injustice, or about right and wrong; it is about the deep, human need to love and be loved, because only through this do we heal and redeem and find our way home.”
This must-see film has a Q&A with director Craig Monahan at Luna Cinemas Leederville, after the 6.30pm screening on Thursday 8 May