Black comedy: Hugo Weaving and Ewen Leslie in The Mule.
Innovative release for black comedy The Mule
Australian filmmakers continue to try innovative release strategies. In the latest example, the black comedy The Mule will bypass a planned cinema release to go straight to digital platforms in Australia, the United States, Canada and New Zealand in November. Directed by Angus Sampson and Tony Mahony, it centres on a reluctant drug mule (Sampson) who, on being arrested on returning from Bangkok with a belly full of narcotics, is confined to a hotel room to produce the evidence. Leigh Whannell (Saw) co-wrote the script and stars alongside Hugo Weaving, Ewen Leslie, Noni Hazlehurst and John Noble. Keep an eye out for Sampson, Whannell and Weaving speaking at Q&A sessions at cinema screenings ahead of the release on November 21. The film then goes out on DVD, Blu-ray and digital rental 12 days later.