April 30, 2014
|May 25, 2014||6:30 PM||Harvard Exit||Buy|
|May 26, 2014||10:00 AM||Harvard Exit||Buy|
|May 27, 2014||6:00 PM||Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center||Buy|
Director Craig Monahan’s first feature film in a decade reunites him with Hugo Weaving (Interview, SIFF 2000) for this moving tale of hope and redemption. Monahan and co-writer Alison Nisselle took inspiration from a true story for their account of a closed-off prisoner finding new purpose by tending to injured birds of prey. Toward the end of his 16-year murder sentence, prison authorities move Iran-born Victor Khadem (Don Hany) to Won Wron, a low-security prison farm north of Melbourne. Drifting unhappily through his days, his life changes when senior officer Matt Perry (Weaving) encourages him to take part in an experiment at Healesville Sanctuary in which inmates nurse raptors, such as falcons and owls, back to health. Perry believes that Victor has what it takes to tame Yasmine, an imposing wedge-tailed eagle, but a combustible mix of inmates and officers with issues of their own threatens to scupper the plan. In the process, a friendship forms that could prove as beneficial to Perry as to Victor, who has more in common with his charge than first meets the eye.
Craig’s company Pointblank Pictures was established in 1986 and has operated as a successful production company ever since. Craig directed and produced numerous major TVC’s and music videos through the ‘80s and into the early ‘90s. The company then developed the theatrical feature film The Interview and successfully raised the finance. It was released in 1998 with great success, receiving 9 A.F.I. awards and winning Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor; and broadcast by the Ten Network. Following the success of The Interview, Pointblank Pictures was able to continue to develop a slate of projects. In 2003 this culminated in the production of the theatrical film Peaches. Craig’s next projects are the powerful drama, Healing, co‐written with Alison Nisselle (“Janus,” “Phoenix,” Curtin), and a contemporary reimagining of David Williamson’s classic The Removalists, co‐written with Williamson himself; both being co‐produced with Tait Brady.
Sponsored by Embassy of Australia, Snoqualmie Tribe
|Principal Cast:||Hugo Weaving, Don Hany, Xavier Samuel, Jane Menelaus, Laura Brent|
|Premiere Status:||North American Premiere|
|Running Time:||119 minutes|
|Producer:||Tait Brady, Craig Monahan|
|Screenplay:||Alison Nisselle, Craig Monahan|
|Website:||Official Film Website|
|Filmography:||Peaches (2004); The Interview (1998)|