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."
"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
"Honest, intense, brutal and raw, a clash of worlds that make for an amazing emotionally charged climax."
"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...)