Australia Day

Australia Day

Australia Day

Director Kriv Stenders (Red Dog) takes a hard look at the frayed edges of Australian society in this drama set on Australia Day. Stars Bryan Brown.

"April (Miah Madden) is a 14-year-old Indigenous teen fleeing from a car crash. 17-year-old Iranian boy Sami (Elias Anton) is running from a crime he didn't commit. Lan (Jenny Wu), from China, is escaping sexual slavery. Elsewhere there's Sonya (Shari Sebbens, The Sapphires), an Indigenous cop wracked by guilt, and Terry (Brown), a cattle farmer who's just lost everything. Stephen M. Irwin's even-handed screenplay doesn't shy away from exposing intolerance and prejudice across the spectrum of Australian society. The propulsive direction of Stenders drives the intertwined stories to a suspenseful and exciting conclusion. Australia Day has much to say about the present state and potential future shape of the nation." (Sydney Film Fest)

201798 minsAustraliaEnglish and Mandarin with English subtitles
Drama

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Variety

Variety

press

It holds a mirror up to contemporary Australian society and offers those unfamiliar with its tensions a relatively factual dramatic experience.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A story with plenty of sparks and no fire.

2.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Brown is good. So is Anton, whose Sami has to deal with the script's most polemic chunk of dialogue. But, like Sebbens and Madden, they're both stifled by the earnestness that hangs over the film like a shroud.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

There's little that's subtle about that combination of elements, nor about director Kriv Stenders and writer Stephen M. Irwin's exploration of the attitudes that both bind and divide contemporary Australia.

News.com.au

News.com.au

press

Initially, the story is carried along by the momentum of its characters. But when they run out of steam, so does the screenplay.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

...this tin-eared feature from director Kriv Stenders (Red Dog) and writer Stephen M. Irwin (Secrets & Lies) feels somehow both overstuffed and depthless.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

A big, broiling stew of complex thought, Australia Day is a provocative, intelligent film that dares to pick, probe and ask a lot of burning questions.

Variety

Variety

press

It holds a mirror up to contemporary Australian society and offers those unfamiliar with its tensions a relatively factual dramatic experience.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A story with plenty of sparks and no fire.

2.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Brown is good. So is Anton, whose Sami has to deal with the script's most polemic chunk of dialogue. But, like Sebbens and Madden, they're both stifled by the earnestness that hangs over the film like a shroud.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

There's little that's subtle about that combination of elements, nor about director Kriv Stenders and writer Stephen M. Irwin's exploration of the attitudes that both bind and divide contemporary Australia.

News.com.au

News.com.au

press

Initially, the story is carried along by the momentum of its characters. But when they run out of steam, so does the screenplay.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

...this tin-eared feature from director Kriv Stenders (Red Dog) and writer Stephen M. Irwin (Secrets & Lies) feels somehow both overstuffed and depthless.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

A big, broiling stew of complex thought, Australia Day is a provocative, intelligent film that dares to pick, probe and ask a lot of burning questions.

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