Cut Snake

Cut Snake

Cut Snake

The past catches up with an ex-con who has rebuilt his life in a small town, in this '70s-set noir thriller from Australian director Tony Ayres (The Home Song Stories).

"Young, charismatic, and hardworking, Sparra (Alex Russell) seems to be sailing into a happy, respectable life. He has a solid job and an adorable fiancée Paula (Jessica De Gouw), and already owns a modest house in the country outside Melbourne. The only odd thing is that Sparra says precious little about his past - but that past is about to catch up with him, and wrest control of his present.

"Sparra's domestic idyll is ruptured when he and Paula receive an unexpected visit from Pommie (Animal Kingdom's Sullivan Stapleton). Pommie knows Sparra's most closely guarded secrets - including the stint he did in a Sydney prison - and expects him to make good on an old promise if he wants to keep those secrets safe." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2014Rating: R18, Violence, sexual violence, sex scenes & content that may disturb94 minsAustralia
ThrillerFestival & Independent
Director:
Tony Ayres ('Walking on Water', 'The Turning', 'The Home Song Stories')
Writer:
Blake Ayshford
Cast:
Sullivan StapletonAlex RussellJessica De Gouw

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Cut Snake / Reviews

Flicks, Giles Hardie

Flicks, Giles Hardie

There is an inherent danger in discussing Cut Snake that by mentioning any details, too much of a spoiler will be given. So, be warned, major plot points will be revealed herein – or at the least heavily alluded to – as it is up for debate whether their reveal is central to appreciating the film, but there is no debate that they must be revealed to discuss it.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Performances are uniformly impressive, with Stapleton guaranteed a place in the pantheon of creepily charismatic Australian screen criminals.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

An unexpected and invigorating piece of work, blessed with a simply brilliant central performance.

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SBS

SBS

Ayres and Ayshford tap into the root of Australia’s obsession with murderous petty criminals.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The leads smolder, but the film remains undercooked.

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Herald Sun

Herald Sun

An inconsistent film covering too much familiar ground, Cut Snake often gets distracted by the need to service an admittedly striking (though largely pointless) 1970s production design.

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