THE LOVED ONES
After a car accident in which he provoked his father’s death, Brent Mitchell finds refuge in alcohol and drugs. As the school ball draws near, timid and awkward Lola invites him to accompany her but Brent turns her down to go with his girlfriend. Before the ball, the boy goes on a walk and suddenly passes out. When he comes to, he finds himself tied down in an unfamiliar kitchen. Lola and her father show up and stage a year-end school ball, starring Brent and his threshold of pain.
“The Loved Ones is about soul-destroying grief. It’s about carrying grief with you in every waking moment and then, finally, somehow, soldiering on through it. It’s about fighting against all odds for survival. It’s about a traumatised teenager with a death wish who is forced to endure a literal hell and in the process realises he’s got everything to live for. It’s about killing off your demons and finding redemption. It’s about the power of love and finding our way home.”
THE LOVED ONES
Sean Byrne (Hobart, Australia) graduated with an M.A. from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. While doing his Masters he received many Australian awards for his shorts, Work?, Sport, Sunday and Ben. His short film Advantage had its international premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2008. He directed television ads for Renegade Films in Melbourne, Australia. His first feature film, The Loved Ones (2009), was presented in more than twenty international film festival, included Torino.
Work? (cm, 1999), Sport (cm, 2000), Sunday (cm, 2000), Ben (cm, 2001), Advantage (cm, 2007), The Loved Ones (2009), The Devil’s Candy (2015).
Rob Mackenzie, James Harvey
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Xavier Samuel (Brent), Robin McLeavy (Lola), John Brumpton (il papà/Daddy), Richard Wilson (Jaimie), Victoria Thaine (Holly), Jessica McNamee (Mia)
Mark Lazarus, Michael Boughen
vendita all’estero/world sales