CINEFESTOZ Film Festival film prize finalist Jasper Jones premiered in Busselton last week ahead of its release date in cinemas in January 2017.
The film, adapted from Craig Silvey’s best-selling Australian novel, is an enticing whodunit that keeps you guessing until the very end. It is set in the fictional town of Corrigan, a small mining town in WA during 1969.
On one hot Christmas night, young boy Charlie Bucktin (Levi Miller) is woken by a local indigenous boy and outcast Jasper Jones (Aaron McGrath) at his window asking for his help.
They walk deep into the forest where they find Laura, a local girl, beaten and hanging from a tree.
After Jasper tells Charlie he loved her and didn’t do it but he thinks he knows who is responsible, the two unlikely friends go on a life-changing journey to solve the mystery of who killed her.
The movie takes you on a journey of love, laughter, heartbreak, secrecy, courage and life in a small, close-minded town. Jasper Jones is a well-rounded film which sheds light on life in a prejudiced Australia during the Vietnam War.
It has a stellar cast including Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Angourie Rice, Dan Wylie and Myles Pollard.
It is a good quality Australian film that is worth a trip to the cinemas.
Aaron McGrath and Levi Miller in Jasper Jones.