Down Under (2016 film)
Theatrical film poster
|Directed by||Abe Forsythe|
|Produced by||Jodi Matterson|
|Written by||Abe Forsythe|
|Music by||Piers Burbrook de Vere|
|Edited by||Drew Thompson|
|11 August 2016|
Down Under is an Australian black comedy drama film set in the aftermath of the 2005 Cronulla riots. It follows the story of two carloads of vengeful, testosterone-charged young hotheads from both sides of the fight, who are destined to collide. It is written and directed by Abe Forsythe 
Southern Cross-tattooed Jason (Damon Herriman) is rounding up the troops in the Shire. He recruits Shit-Stick (Alexander England), who works in a DVD store, who has been very unsuccessfully teaching out-of-town cousin Evan (Chris Bunton) to drive, and Ned Kelly obsessive Ditch (Justin Rosniak), whose head is swathed in bandages because of a new tattoo. Shit-Stick's dad, Graham (Marshall Napier), gives him an old rifle brought back from World War I and a left-over grenade, hoping his son will finally make the family proud. Across town at Lakemba, Nick (Rahel Romahn) drags Hassim (Lincoln Younes) away from his studies to join a car heading for the Shire along with devout Muslim Ibrahim (Michael Denkha) and freewheeling rapper D-Mac (Fayssal Bazzi) to join the raid.
- Damon Herriman as Jason
- Lincoln Younes as Hassim
- Alexander England as Shit-Stick
- David Field as Vic
- Mashall Napier as Graham
- Rahel Romahn as Nick
- Michael Denkha as Ibrahim
- Chris Bunton as Evan
- Fayssal Bazzi as D-Mac
- Justin Rosniak as Ditch
- Harriet Dyer as Stacey
- Josh McConville as Gav
- Dylan Young as Az
- Christiaan Van Vuuren as Doof
- Anthony Taufa as Taufa
- Robert Rabiah as Amir
Down Under received mixed to positive reviews from critics and audiences, earning a 61% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
|Best Original Screenplay||Abe Forsythe||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Damon Herriman||Nominated|
|AFCA Award||Best Film||Jodi Matterson||Nominated|
|CGA Award||Best Casting in a Feature Film||Kirsty McGregor||Won|
|Fantastic Fest||Best Picture||Abe Forsythe||Won|
- "The first four minutes of this new Aussie film are not easy to watch". News.com.au. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
- Buckmaster, Luke (15 June 2016). "Down Under review – gutsy black comedy about Cronulla riots tackles racism head on". Theguardian.com. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
- Maddox, Garry (17 June 2016). "Why Down Under is a must-see comedy about the Cronulla Riots". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 10 August 2017 – via The Sydney Morning Herald.
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