The 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival launched its program last night and, without doubt, the highlight of this years scintillating program is the World Premiere of Grant Scicluna and Jannine Barnes’ 10 years in the making passion project Downriver. Scicluna and Barnes path to this, their first feature film, is the stuff of Australian cinematic legend. With a back catalogue of multi international award winning shorts such as The Wilding, Hurt’s Rescue, Golden Girl, Neon Skin, Fast Lane and Thoona As Fast As We Can, Scicluna and Barnes are on the fast track to international stardom. WATCH THIS SPACE!
WORLD PREMIERE – 9PM FRIDAY AUGUST 7, 2015 – FORUM THEATRE MELBOURNE
MIFF SESSION – 9.15pm WEDNESDAY AUGUST 12, 2015 – KINO CINEMAS MELBOURNE
MIFF SESSION – 4.00pm SUNDAY AUGUST 16 2015 – KINO CINEMAS MELBOURNE
Synopsis: Sometimes the only path to redemption is the one paved in sin.
When he was just a teenager, James was sent to prison for his part in drowning a young boy whose body was never discovered. Newly free and still haunted by his crime, the now adult James embarks on a mission to find the boy’s body for his grieving mother. But there are those who would prefer the past to remain buried – and are willing to do whatever it takes to stop him from succeeding in his quest.
A tale of redemption and reconciliation, Downriver is the haunting and confronting feature debut from award-winning MIFF Accelerator alumnus, writer/director Grant Scicluna. Boasting a knock-out cast including Reef Ireland (Puberty Blues) and Kerry Fox (Intimacy), the MIFF Premiere Fund-supported Downriver walks in the footsteps of films such as The Boys and heralds the emergence of an exciting new voice in Australian filmmaking.
DOWNRIVER world premieres at the 2015 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and will release in AUSTRALIA through RIALTO DISTRIBUTION