The Dry

The Dry

The Dry

Eric Bana is a cop who returns to his hometown after a childhood friend dies in a murder-suicide in this crime drama from the director of Balibo, based on Jane Harper's 2016 novel.

When Federal Agent Aaron Falk (Bana) returns to his home town after an absence of over twenty years to attend the funeral of his childhood friend, Luke, who allegedly killed his wife and child before taking his own life – a victim of the madness that has ravaged this community after more than a decade of drought. When Falk reluctantly agrees to stay and investigate the crime, he opens up an old wound – the death of 17- year-old Ellie Deacon. Falk begins to suspect these two crimes, separated by decades, are connected. As he struggles to prove not only Luke’s innocence but also his own, Falk finds himself pitted against the prejudice towards him and pent-up rage of a terrified community.

2020Rating: M, Violence, offensive language and content that may disturb117 minsAustralia, USA
CrimeDrama
Director:
Robert Connolly ('Balibo', 'Paper Planes', 'Three Dollars')
Writer:
Robert ConnollyHarry Cripps
Cast:
Eric BanaGenevieve O'ReillyKeir O'DonnellJohn Polson

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Flicks

Flicks, Travis Johnson

An assured, confident, mature crime drama that marries the requisite genre thrills with a literary meditation on loss and guilt. It’s well worth your time.

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Screenhub

Screenhub

While the film is well crafted, it’s unfancy in a way that feels televisual rather than cinematic...

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Newshub

Newshub

A gripping story full of twists, turns, secrets and lies...

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Time Out

Time Out

Bana's taut lead performance is an apt match for the film's haunted spirit...

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Variety

Variety

The barren earth surrounding a drought-stricken Aussie town provides fertile ground for mystery, suspense and punchy emotional drama in The Dry.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

A fairly faithful rendition but, in some ways, it feels like it could have been so much more.

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The Australian

The Australian

Gripping screen adaptation. Warmly recommended.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Gripping, tough and psychologically intense.

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ABC

ABC

A wonderful addition to the canon of Australian cinema.

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Stuff

Stuff

An engrossing, smartly written and nicely paced thriller on a low burn.

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