Originally intended for national and international cinematic release following positive receptions at the Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne film festivals, the Australian feature will now be released digitally due to the temporary closure of cinemas.
Filmed and set in western Sydney, Hearts and Bones details the unlikely friendship that develops when Sudanese taxi driver Sebastian Amad (Luri) tracks down acclaimed photojournalist Daniel Fisher (Weaving) and begs him not to go ahead with a photographic exhibition featuring images from a massacre 15 years earlier in his South Sudanese town. The photos threaten to destroy the happy life Amad has created in Sydney with his pregnant wife (Watson) and their daughter, who know nothing of his past traumas. Fisher is barely coping with the increasing physical and mental toll brought on by decades working in war-torn countries, on top of trying to heal a troubled relationship with his loving partner Josie (McElhinney).
Following its Sydney Film Festival debut, Variety noted Hearts and Bones was “a heart-wrenching but ultimately uplifting story of friendship [that] explores issues of personal identity, the ties of family, friendship, masculinity and fatherhood, all set against Sydney’s diverse and expanding cultural divide”.