I haven't done a ticket giveaway on the blog before, but I jumped at the chance to spread the word about David Michôd's brilliant debut feature Animal Kingdom. My review and a feature interview with Michôd and character actor extraordinaire Ben Mendelsohn is in this week's Drum (as well as other Street Press Australia publications around the country) and will be posted here next week. So in the meantime, here's the official synopsis:
Welcome to the Melbourne underworld. Following the death of his mother, seventeen year-old Joshua ‘J’ Cody (newcomer James Frecheville) moves in with his hitherto-estranged family, under the watchful eye of his doting grandmother, Janine ‘Smurf’ Cody (Jackie Weaver), and her three criminal sons – the Cody boys. Eldest son and armed robber, Andrew ‘Pope’ Cody (Ben Mendelsohn) is in hiding from a gang of renegade detectives.
Middle brother Craig (Sullivan Stapleton) is a successful but volatile drug dealer, whilst the youngest Cody, Darren (Luke Ford), naïvely follows his elder brothers’ lead. Just as Pope’s business partner and best friend, Barry Brown (Joel Edgerton), decides that he wants out of the game, recognising that their days of old-school banditry are all but over, tensions between the family and the police explode. J finds himself at the centre of a cold-blooded revenge plot that turns his family upside down and which throws him directly into the path of senior homicide detective, Nathan Leckie (Guy Pearce).To win a pass to see the film, email me [theplotthickensblog @ gmail DOT com] with your name, address and a quick line on why you want to see Animal Kingdom. The competition will run until Sunday 6th June and passes will be posted next week.
Australian release date: 3 June 2010