Dirt Music

Dirt Music

Dirt Music

Golden Globe nominee Kelly Macdonald (No Country for Old Men) leads this romance drama set in Western Australia, where a love affair unearths a long-standing feud between two families. Co-stars Garret Hedlund (Mudbound) and David Wenham (Lion).

Georgie (Macdonald) is barely holding it together these days without a drink. Once a nurse, now she’s trapped in the backwater fishing port of White Point with local crayfish baron, Jim Buckridge (Wenham) and his two sons, whose dead mother she can never hope to replace. One hazy night she sees the lone figure of Lu Fox (Hedlund) appear in the mists of the bay. A long time ago he was a dirt musician, but now he survives as a poacher - an unwise choice given Jim’s iron-grip on the local fishing trade. Georgie is instantly drawn to Lu, and the pair begin an intense affair. What Georgie doesn’t realise is that the Foxes and the Buckridges have a long, murky history...

Based on Tim Winton's novel of the same name and adapted to screen by Jack Thorne (Netflix's The Eddy) with original music written and performed by Julia Stone.

2020Rating: M, Mature themes, coarse language and a sex scene105 minsAustralia, UK
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Variety

Variety

A fine-looking romance that never finds the right key.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Jordan’s infatuation with his setting, the stunning coastline of Western Australia... is by far the most resonant emotion onscreen.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

It’s too bad the actors are stranded in front of nature’s majesty while being forced to go through these awful plot motions.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

It scratches the same itch as The Notebook without ever being too unbearably melodramatic.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

The splendours of the backdrop can't make up for the fact events in the foreground are failing to make sense.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The film-makers have shot for profundity and lyricism to match the Australian classic, but ended up with something flavourless - and occasionally cloying...

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Herald Sun

Herald Sun

While not exactly a terrible film, definitely a dull film.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The corny, eventually rather contrived result doesn't end up doing justice to either its cast's talents or the quality of Winton's acclaimed prose.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

A gritty romance that only translates some of the source material’s poetic bent to the big screen.

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