violence, jealousy, DESIRE and what it takes
to hide who you are.
Len is a Surf Lifesaving champion in the cloistered surf club just like his father. But when the younger, fitter Phil arrives at the club, Len’s legendary status starts to crumble. Then Len sees Phil in the company of another man. Phil is gay. Over the summer, Len forms unexpected, confusing feelings for Phil. When Phil de-thrones Len at the annual surf competition, Len and his buddy Meat take Phil out on an intoxicated bender through the seedy city. Jealousy, homophobic fear and unrequited lust culminate in a tragic late night trip back to beach where Len seeks total oblivion.
"The energy, the intensity, the on-screen talent...all relentless."
Director Dean Francis appears on the Frank DeCaro Show, Sirius XM Satellite Radio (USA)
Drown Dominates at FilmOut San Diego 2015 Film Festival Awards
Actor Harry Cook talks to FilmOut San Diego about his dramatic role as “Meat” in the visually stunning film “Drown”. Cook opens up about his sexuality and his struggle watching some of the movie’s most intense scenes. Drown - the movie Harry CookPosted by FilmOut San Diego on Friday, June 5, 2015
"LYRICAL AND BRUTAL BY TURNS, DROWN IS A TOUR DE FORCE...
...through the damaged psyche of a man too afraid of his own nature to permit free reign to his impulses for tenderness and affection, and who ends up translating his yearning into hatred. The film poses a question that should be asked of all anti-gay thugs: Who's tougher? The guy who can throw a punch? Or the guy who can revel in a kiss?" - Edge Media (more...)
Director Dean Francis at the Torino Gay & Lesbian Fim Festival, 05/15
"Drown is eye-catching in all senses of the phrase..."
...a feature marked by pumped production, lensing and performance that establishes Francis and his leads as talent to watch."
Outwardly, Dean Francis’ Drown is a story about homophobia in sport through the scantily clad world of surf lifesavers in Sydney. Yet this gripping film goes much deeper to examine the tragic consequences of unchecked self-loathing in a heavily defined and hard drinking culture of mateship. (more...)
DROWN director Dean Francis interviewed by Peter Krausz on 3NRG FM
Director Dean Francis on ABC National Radio Overnights.
CAST & CREW on making DROWN
INTIMATE BASEMENT DIRECTOR Q&A SCREENINGS
Friday 14th August, 7:30pm
Friday 28th August, 7:30pm
jj splice films, 56 Buckingham St, Surry Hills
Wednesday September 30th
Dendy Cinemas Canberra
*Raising funds for the Canberra Aids Memorial Project
Wednesday, September 30th, 6:30pm
Glitter FIlm Festival, The Arts Centre
HOST a screening
Watch DROWN in a cinema near you, anywhere in Australia or New Zealand. You only need 60 people to pre-buy tickets and you can share in box office returns - at no cost to you.
From October 16th, 2015
Sundance Cinemas Sunset,
8000 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046
From 28th August, 2015
Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas
San Diego, CA
LGBTQ Center of Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
WINNER! Best Narrative Feature*
WINNER! Best Actor in a Feature Film — Matt Levett*
WINNER! Best Actor in a Supporting Role — Harry Cook*
WINNER! Best Cinematography — Dean Francis*
WINNER! Best Soundtrack — Ian Kitney*
WINNER! Outstanding Artistic Achievement
WINNER! Best Feature**
* FilmOut San Diego / ** Melbourne Queer Film Festival
jj splice films in association with High Concept Media Group, Cut10 Pictures and Lost Kitten present
A film by Dean Francis
Starring Matt Levett, Jack Matthews, Sam Anderson and Harry Cook
With Heather Mitchell, Anthony Phelan and Maya Stange
Based on a play by Stephen Davis Casting by Timothy May Production Designer Christopher Baldry Music by Ian Kitney
Sound Designer Brooke Trezise Editors Dean Francis and Thomas Goodin Cinematographer Dean Francis Executive Producers Raymond Y. H. Chan, Nicole Harcourt, Lucas Plunkett, Shaun Miller and Ross Jacobs
Written and Produced by Stephen Davis and Dean Francis Directed by Dean Francis
DROWN was produced with the generous support of contributors to our Indiegogo campaign. Click here to find out who they are...
Australian Publicity by Drew Lambert Communications