Dark Frontier (2009)

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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 »


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18 July 2009 | bbmanage
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| Very Good Little Australian Film
Screenwriter Andy Cox proves here that you can make an effective film from a very simple but powerful theme. The script is superbly executed with strong dialogue and many plot twists and turns that keep the audience interested. The direction makes the audience feel like they are actually in the film through the use of closeups and hand held shots and the cinematography certainly takes advantage of the Australian outback. The performances from the cast were strong and I was particularly impressed by newcomer Toby Wallace. I also really liked the ending of this movie because it was different from other movies, ie it leaves you guessing what might happen from then on.

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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.

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Drama | History | Thriller | Western

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