“ONE HELL OF A POWERFUL MOVIE”
- GRAEME BLUNDELL, FOXTEL SCREEN
2015 | 93 min Directed by Dean Francis | Written and Produced by Stephen Davis and Dean Francis
Starring Matt Levett, Jack Matthews, Sam Anderson and Harry Cook. With Heather Mitchell, Anthony Phelan and Maya Stange
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.
"Lyrical and brutal by turns, "Drown" is a tour -- and 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." - edge media
Cheries Cheris Film Festival | Atlanta Film Festival | Boston GLBTI Film Festival | Brisbane Queer Film Festival | Feast Festival, Adelaide | Glitter Festival Goal Coast | Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival | Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival | Long Beach Qfilm Festival | Miami & Ft Laud LGBT Film Festival | Mardi Gras Film Festival, Australia | MIX Milan Film Festival | MIX Copenhagen Film Festival | Out Here Now Festival, Kansas City | Outfest, LosAngeles, USA | Revelation Perth International Film Festival, Australia | San Diego FilmOut Festival | Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival, Australia | Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival | Turin International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Italy
Best Narrative Feature, San Diego FilmOut Festival | Best Actor in a Feature Film — Matt Levett, San Diego FilmOut Festival | Best Actor in a Supporting Role — Harry Cook, San Diego FilmOut Festival | Best Soundtrack — Ian Kitney, San Diego FilmOut Festival Outstanding Artistic Achievement - Dean Francis | Audience Award for Best Feature, Melbourne Queer Film Festival