DROWN is a spectacular new examination of Australian Surf Club bonding rituals, a robust and unflinching journey through muscular champion ideology and imagery, tilting into an unforgettable tough love experiencethe.

The multi-award-winning film returns to Sydney for intimate screeningS presented by Director Dean Francis. 

 

INTIMATE SCREENINGS

The screening series takes place in the intimate basement studio of jj splice films where DROWN was created. Dean Francis will present and in-depth Q&A which will cover the controversy of the film’s release and R18+ rating, the topical issues raised in the film as well as the creative process of production. Never-before-released footage will be screened including outtakes and deleted scenes.

COMPLEMENTARY WINE BAR & POPCORN. 

The jj splice Basement features lounge seating, HD projection and  Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. jj splice films, 56 Buckingham Street, Surry Hills. Must be over 18 years of age to attend.

drown basement screenings
drown basement screenings

“ONE HELL OF A POWERFUL MOVIE”

Graeme Blundell, Foxtel Screen

"The story has aN intelligent and
very deep arc. The exploration of this
dark messed-up character is bloody impressive
."

Salty Popcorn

"This is a front runner for one of
the best films I've seen this year."

Charlie Rev

 

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

 
 

Synopsis

Len is a Surf Lifesaving champion, a legend in the cloistered surf club just like his father. But when the younger, faster, fitter Phil arrives at the club, Len’s legendary status starts to crumble. Then Len sees Phil arriving in the company of another man; a man Phil gives a farewell kiss to. Phil is gay. Over the summer season, Len starts to form 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.

 

PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL, LIMTED TO 30 SEATS PER SCREENING
Rated R18+. Must be over 18 to attend. 

Venue: jj splice films, 56 Buckingham Street, Surry Hills 2010. Tel: (02) 9090 2700.
Public transport: 5-minutes walk from Central Station (Take Devonshire St. exit)
Parking: Unrestricted street parking on Buckingham St. after 5pm