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An­i­mal King­dom


Ben Men­del­sohn, Joel Edger­ton, Guy Pearce, Luke Ford

David Mi­choˆd David Mi­chod’s de­but fea­ture is a grip­ping crime­drama, show­cas­ing the best work Aus­tralian film­mak­ing tal­ent has to of­fer and find­ing new riches to mine in a genre well trod­den across the ditch. Mel­bourne crime sto­ries are noth­ing new, but by choos­ing to fo­cus on the who, rather than the what, or the why, Mi­chod takes a fresh ap­proach. Ev­ery­thing re­volves around this fam­ily of dys­func­tional char­ac­ters, each one vary­ing in their loy­alty to a life of crime and thus con­tribut­ing to a sim­mer­ing ten­sion among them­selves. The pace is re­laxed, but the sto­ry­line slowly winds tighter and tighter, ratch­et­ing up the lev­els of ten­sion to Hitch­cock­ian lev­els. This is a crack­ing story with fas­ci­nat­ing char­ac­ters, an en­gross­ing tale of a fam­ily’s fall.

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– By An­drew Hed­ley, Flicks.co.nz

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