West Coast Premiere
During the 2005 Cronulla riots, two carload of racist hotheads scour the city looking for someone to hurt…it won’t be long before their inevitable meet and the hilarious and shocking showdown.
It takes a very special talent to be able to mine a real life tragedy without making it feel crass and exploitative: observe Chris Morris’ brilliant achievement ‘Four Lions’ in which he manages the subject of suicide bombing seem funny without ever losing sight of its emotional impact.
And in that same vein , director Abe Forsythe proves that he is indeed a very special talent with his debut film ‘ Down Under’ . Trust me when I say there’s absolutely nothing like it this year: broad satire sitting next to violently funny physical comedy all within a script that manages to give the audience some sharp shocks to the system , this is one hell of a breakthrough film.
Set during the 2005 Cronulla riots in Australia in which Lebanese and Australian youths clashed in racially motivated fights, the film concerns two seperate group of friends; equally angry and stupid: On one side is Jason and his crew – they’re not happy Middle-Easterners (lebs and wogs as they call them) are taking over their town – their solution? To patrol the neighbourhood to keep the interlopers out and hopefully to bash some heads whilst at it.
On the other side? Nick and his gang , who are sick and tired of being treated as a second class citizen in a country in which he was born! Their solution: To go show the Australians what it means to defend their freedom and rights – but first, they need some weapons.
The journey and the inevitable showdown between these two groups is the battlefield in which Forsythe revels in skewering every single stereotype under the sun: it seems under his estimation , it’s not only race or group or religion – it’s everyone who has gone mad.
Boasting a crazy soundtrack – just wait till you get to hear what the boys play in their cars – stellar acting from everyone involved and a climax which punches you in the gut when you least expect it, ‘Down Under’ is the sort of black comedy that should be made compulsory viewing to anyone ever felt compelled to blame someone else for their misfortunes – vicious, brutal, funny and often all at the same time.
Plays in the Shudder Theatre @Egyptian
Guests: Director Abraham Forsythe in Person
Director: Abe Forsythe
Runtime: 90 minutes