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.



July 24th & July 29th, Riverside Theatre

*Director Q&A on 24th July


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Coming Soon



4pm, Saturday July 23rd
Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns 
as part of FNQ Film Festival - Films.



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 MayProduction 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...


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


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

- Cinema Junkie

Jack Matthews' QX Cover

"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)

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 Cook

Posted by FilmOut San Diego on Friday, June 5, 2015


...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...)


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.

MX Newspaper, 17/03/15


CAST & CREW on making DROWN

8 minutes