SBS, 8.30pm, MA15+ (2004)
Loneliness and frustration pervades this powerful drama about races and classes colliding in Los Angeles. Director Paul Haggis (writer of Million Dollar Baby) ties together a multistrand narrative populated by a dense ensemble cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Ryan Phillippe and Thandie Newton. An impressive script sees several of the ethnically diverse characters – some victims, some perpetrators of racism – undergo some form of an epiphany that challenges their prejudices. In terms of making an impression, Crash leaves a sizeable dent – it surprised many by winning Best Picture at the 2006 Oscars.