Australia Day (film)

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Australia Day
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Australian release poster
Directed byKriv Stenders
Produced byNathan Mayfield
Leigh McGrath
Tracey Robertson
Edward Herbert
Written byStephen M. Irwin
StarringBryan Brown
Shari Sebbens
Sean Keenan
Music byMatteo Zingales
CinematographyGeoffrey Hall
Edited byNick Meyers
Production
company
Foxtel
Screen Australia
Screen Queensland
Hoodlum Entertainment
Distributed byIcon Film Distribution
Dendy Cinemas
Release date
12 June 2017
Running time
98 minutes
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish

Australia Day is a 2017 Australian drama anthology film directed by Kriv Stenders and starring Bryan Brown.[1]

Plot synopsis[edit]

On Australia's most controversial national holiday, three Australians from different cultural backgrounds will cross paths, creating racial tension issues and national identity that simmer underneath the surface of modern-day Australia.

Cast[edit]

  • Bryan Brown as Terry Friedman
  • Shari Sebbens as Sonya Mackenzie
  • Sean Keenan as Dean Patterson
  • Isabelle Cornish as Chloe Patterson
  • Daniel Webber as Jason Patterson
  • Elias Anton as Sami Ghaznavi
  • Kee Chan as Zhou Chong
  • Sam Cotton as Constable Buchanan
  • Caroline Dunphy as Patricia Kendall
  • Simon Elrahi as Karim
  • Yasmin Honeychurch as Kaytee Tucker

Reception[edit]

Australia Day received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, earning a 58% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

David Stratton of The Australian gave a positive review, calling the film "Run Lola Run meets Gran Torino; breathtakingly fast-moving, a very well-made thriller." Erin Free of FILMINK also gave a positive review, calling the film "a big, broiling stew of complex thought, Australia Day is a provocative, intelligent film that dares to pick, probe and ask a lot of burning questions."

Alex Lines of Film Inquiry gave a negative review, saying the film "is a series of predictable story arcs, rudimentary characters and simplistic viewpoints on racism." Vicky Roach of The Daily Telegraph wrote that the story "is carried along by the momentum of its characters. But when they run out of steam, so does the screenplay."

Accolades[edit]

Award Category Subject Result
AACTA Award (7th) Best Editing Nick Meyers Nominated
FCCA Award Best Actor Bryan Brown Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australia Day review: 'A full vision of the hell of Australian race relations'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 October 2017.

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