West of Sunshine

West of Sunshine


A decent working-class father must pay a staggering debt – a symptom of his gambling addiction – by the end of the day in this Australian drama. It’s also school holidays, forcing his son to come along for the ride.

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  • West of Sunshine’s rough, down-at-heel Aussie vibe prompts one to set it alongside other recent bawlers and brawlers, such as Kriv Stenders’ Boxing Day or David Michod’s Animal Kingdom. Full Review

  • Running to a lean 78 minutes, this road trip around the byways of Australia’s southern capital finally climaxes in a moment of symbolism that will surprise no one... Full Review

  • Short, sharp and rewarding feature debut of Australian writer-director Jason Raftopoulos. Full Review

  • ...well written and well acted by all concerned... Full Review

  • The film realises Raftopoulos's desire to deliver a film that looks as if it's been distilled from reality but in this instance, naturalism isn't enough. The judicious injection of a sense of heightened drama could have made all the difference. Full Review

  • Ample location shots, and the unaffected presence of star Damien Hill and his real-life stepson Tyler Perham, help build a sincere and resonant effort that finds relatable insights in its slight yet involving scenario. Full Review