Director: Craig Monahan
Writers: Craig Monahan, Alison Nisselle
Hugo Weaving … Senior Officer Matt Perry
Robert Taylor … Vander
Laura Brent … Stacey
Don Hany … Viktor Khadem
Anthony Hayes … Warren
Leanne Campbell … Shane’s alcoholic Mum
Tony Briggs … Travis
Mark Leonard Winter
Dimitri Baveas … Yousef
Richard Stables …Ted
After 18 years in prison, Viktor Khadem (Don Hany – East West 101, Offspring, Serangoon Road) is a man who has almost given up on life.
For his final 12 months, he is sentenced to Won Wron, a low-security prison 200 km outside Melbourne in regional Victoria, where Senior Officer Matt Perry (Hugo Weaving) has established a unique program to rehabilitate broken men through giving them the responsibility for the rehabilitation of injured raptors – beautiful, fearsome proud eagles, falcons and owls.
Against all odds, Matt takes on Viktor as his number one test case, introducing him to Yasmine, the majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle with a two metre wingspan. If these two can tame each other, anything is possible.
Inspired by true events, HEALING is a powerful, moving story of redemption, the discovery of hope and the healing of the spirit – in the most unlikely place, for the most unique men, through the most unusual catalyst.
The film stars Don Hany in a breakout performance and the always excellent Hugo Weaving. The supporting cast is made up of Xavier Samuel, Tony Martin, Mark Winter, Jane Menelaus, Robert Taylor and Anthony Hayes. Academy Award winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie is behind the camera and one of my favourite composers, David Hirschfelder, has written a beautiful score to accompany Andrew’s images.