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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.

 
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“A film made with such ferocious intensity that it can’t be dismissed ignored”

- Cinema Junkie

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

- CGiii film

Director Dean Francis appears on the Frank DeCaro Show, Sirius XM Satellite Radio (USA)

"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...)

"DROWN IS NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED. IT IS HONEST AND CONFRONTING.....

Beautifully shot and cleverly edited. Matt Levett  is equally outstanding and mesmerising as Len.   SameSame, 03/15

Director Dean Francis at the Torino Gay & Lesbian Fim Festival, 05/15

Director Dean Francis on Foxtel Screen with Margaret Pomeranz and Graeme Blundell

"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...)

 -  FilmInk, 03/15

DROWN director Dean Francis interviewed by Peter Krausz on 3NRG FM

FilmInk Magazine. 

FilmInk Magazine

Cult Magazine.

Director Dean Francis on ABC National Radio Overnights.

Jack Matthews' QX Cover

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CAST & CREW on making DROWN

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