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Dan is released from prison but his repeated re-assimilation into society is challenged by the internal demons rousing inside of him. Dan Jones plays himself. Containing scenes of both tenderness and brutal violence, this raw drama with experimental elements features intrusive, often unfocused camerawork and an affecting musical score.
Fifty-year-old convict Dan is released from prison and returns to his partner Leanne. They were born on the same day, they are in love with each other, they live together, they steal together... Dan’s repeated re-assimilation into society, however, is threatened by his predilection for alcohol and the awakening of internal demons whose rampaging leads Dan to bouts of aggression. Australian filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson turned to Danny Jones’s autobiography in order to shoot a raw experimental drama about the life of the former convict. Jones plays himself in the movie, as do his friends, including his partner Leanne Letch, as a means of faithfully reconstructing his actual life story. The harshness of living on the fringes of society is combined with flashes of tenderness and love – and with brutal violence as well. The often unfocused camerawork sometimes captures the protagonist in unpleasant close-ups; this, combined with the varied musical score, makes the movie an intense viewing experience.
About the director
Amiel Courtin-Wilson (b. 1979, Australia) shot his first film at the age of nine. Ten years later he wrote, directed, and produced his documentary debut Chasing Buddha, which premiered at Sundance and collected several awards. In addition to fifteen shorts and three documentaries, he has also produced and directed music videos, and his video art has been presented on the international scene. Courtin-Wilson founded the production company Flood Projects, and in 2008 his documentary Bastardy took the Best Documentary Jury Prize at the 2009 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards (FCCA). The short Cicada (2009), which also features Daniel P. Jones, was presented at Cannes to critical acclaim. Hail, a dramatic reconstruction of an actual life, screened at Venice in the Orizzonti section.
About the film
|Dir. of Photography:
|Daniel P. Jones, Leanne Letch, Dario Ettia
Director of Photography