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Drown

Australia, English, 93 mins

  • Director: Dean Francis
  • Writer: Stephen Davis; Dean Francis
  • Producer: Raymond Chan; Stephen Davis

CGiii Comment

Dean Francis has had an interesting career...thus far - experiencing the highs and lows of filmmaking.

In 2010, it looked like the end of the line...with the risible Road Train (don't even think about watching it).

Five years prior - he made the stunning short: Boys Grammar (do what you can to see this).

2015 saw a rather bashed director re-emerge with a micro-budget feature: Drown.

Despite the meagre budget...there is much to admire...

The energy, the intensity, the on-screen talent...all relentless.

Matt Levett's central performance is a bristling, high-voltage assault, not only to the senses, but to common decency - yes, unfortunately, these self-perceived Alpha males do exist.

Francis takes the typical Alpha male into a whole new arena - the brainless, brash baboon meets his nemesis...his gay equivalent/rival...everything he is and more...cultured, refined, ambitious...

Let the battle commence...it's volatile, sparks and punches fly off the screen.

At times, the editing can be dizzying, the timeline a tad confusing and the writing teeters precariously close to the absurd...but, this is a prime example of filmmaking with what you have and not with what you want...yes, it does make it so much easier when you have Sydney as a backdrop and some decent actors...but, when a director is prepared to take risks - things can be catapulted into the stratosphere...Drown soars.

And, credit where credit is due, to elicit such a powerful performance from an actor takes skill...especially when the support is equally commendable.

If you want innocuous gay-themed drama...go somewhere else.

This is savagery at its best.


Trailer...

(2013) - Preproduction Trailer from jj splice films on Vimeo.

The(ir) Blurb...

In the cloistered world of competitive surf-lifesaving, an Australian hero is de-throned as the reigning champion by a younger, gay competitor. He embarks on a campaign of intimidation and bullying against the newcomer but is forced to confront his own repressed homoerotic desire. A booze-fueled night out brings jealousy, homophobic fear and unrequited lust to a tragic and shocking climax.

Cast & Characters

Harry Cook as Meat;
Maya Stange;
Matt Levett as Len;
Stephanie May as Older womans friend;
Darren Gallagher as Bartender;
Maha Wilson as Meme;
Heather Mitchell as Helen;
Khanh Trieu as Club patron;
Bill Young as Mal;
Kate Ryerson as Mother

From the same director:

Boys Grammar Crazy Richard Transgression
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