the BOUNDARY-PUSHING INDIE HIT FILM returns to Sydney for intimate screeningS presented by Director Dean Francis. 

After sell-out screenings in Sydney, Melbourne, Europe and the US, the award-winning DROWN  returns with all the controversy of a no-holes-barred "tour de force" through the seedy underbelly of Sydney nightlife and  the dark side of beach culture. Confronting, lyrical, hallucinogenic and honest.

“One hell of a powerful movie”

Graeme Blundell, Foxtel Screen

“Lyrical and brutal by turns, DROWN is a Tour de Force”

- Edge Media

“Tears into notions of masculinity and mateship and the results are well worth exploring.”

- FilmInk


Drown Theatrical Trailer



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.




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.

drown basement screenings
drown basement screenings

Complementary refreshments. 

The jj splice studio features lounge seating, HD projection and  Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound.

Every Friday from May 29th - July 3rd
7:30pm, jj splice films, 56 Buckingham Street, Surry Hills

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 (where available)