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Tuesday, 07 October 2014 at 7.15pm
Australian season
  • Crime drama
  • 2009
  • Australia
  • Colour
  • 108 mins.
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David Michôd's remarkable, multi award winning debut feature is quite simply one of the finest Australian films ever made. A superbly paced and impeccably acted crime drama, featuring electrifying performances from some of Australia's best acting talent, Animal Kingdom tells the story of 17 year old "J" (Josh) Cody, who is taken in by his Grandmother and criminal Uncles following the death of his mother. Caught between family loyalty and the law "J"'s survival instinct is tested to the limit when befriended by a detective who offers him a way out of crime and the family.


If you think that Air Supply's sappy slow-dance essential "All Out of Love" couldn't possibly give you goose bumps, think again. The song drives a scene midway through David Michôd's gripping criminal-family tale Animal Kingdom: its video flickers on a TV screen in a dark living room, as the camera pans cautiously past the film's teenage protagonist, asleep on the couch with his girlfriend, to the tortured face of his uncle Pope, the oldest of three hot-blooded brothers. From its first few notes, the power ballad sends chills—of dread, not joyful anticipation. And this is just one haunting moment in a film teeming with them; for the entire duration the sense of unease is relentless, the nerve-wracking sound design and use of slow motion impeccable. Seldom is a debut feature handled with such assurance and intelligence. It's no wonder the film walked away with the World Cinema Jury Prize at Sundance and opened to near-unanimous praise on its home turf.

By Laura Kern, Film Comment Magazine , New York Times, 2013

You may like to note that, complementing our Australian season, Eden Court Cinema is showing Mystery Road, directed by Ivan Sen, from Fri 12 to 18 Sept. and David Michod's new film The Rover, starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson on Fri 5th Sept-Thurs 11th Sept. ECC is also showing 20,000 Days on Earth, a drama/ documentary followed by a live satellite event with Nick Cave on Thursday 17th Sept.


David Michôd


David Michôd


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