R | | Drama, History, Thriller
1902....the Australian Federation is a year old. Twelve year-old Tom's beloved father, Nat, has dragged him and his sister, Sarah, to an isolated farm at the edge of the woods. But Nat's ... See full summary »
Writer Andy Cox's official writer's statement for the film reads: "Australia is not the country of my birth, but I've come to regard it as my home. Having moved from country to country most of my life I've finally found myself able to say with conviction that this is where I belong. And yet how can anyone claim to really 'belong' in one of most inhospitable terrains on earth. It was after the chance find of an old settlers' cabin in the woods that I imagined a place where comforts had been stripped away, where 'life was not an adventure', and into that situation put a man for whom it was an adventure and a dream - an idealistic father and his young family facing the stark reality of the bush, out of place, trying to make it their own, staving off the fear that we're little more than topsoil on a land that fundamentally doesn't want us here. Each of the characters in Dark Frontier (2009) is searching for a home. Henry, Carver and Jimmy, a surrogate family after fighting a war; Sarah, consumed by the certainty of the place she left behind and the future it promised; Nat, hoping for any sign of God in the landscape. Even Connolly, planting the flag of future prosperity and nation building, yet wrong-footed by the impenetrable certainty of a young boy. And all the while the land walks to its own tune. Somewhere in all of this I've tried to find something about the essence of this remarkable country and the ideals and dreams that have come to shape it as a nation - the place I now call home.