WIN A DOUBLE PASS TO A SPECIAL SON OF A GUN ‘TALKING PICTURES’ SESSION WITH DIRECTOR JULIUS AVERY AND BRENTON THWAITES – 6.30PM SUNDAY 12TH OCTOBER AT LUNA LEEDERVILLE.
Julius Avery returns home for a special Son of Gun ‘Talking Pictures’ session with actor Brenton Thwaites at Luna Leederville, Sunday 12 October at 6.30pm
Son of Gun is the debut feature film of Australian director Julius Avery, whose short film Jerrycan was a Jury Prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival. Avery will return to his hometown Perth on Sunday 12 October at Luna Leederville for a ‘Talking Pictures’ Q&A with talented newcomer Brenton Thwaites who stars alongside Ewan McGregor.
Son of Gun (MA 15+) is a smart, edge-of-your-seat heist thriller, both artful and laced with action that palpably gets under your skin with the story of a young man who is drawn into the lawless world of a notorious criminal.
Serving six months for a minor offence, 19-year-old JR (Thwaites) quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. After a chance encounter, he finds himself under the watchful eye of the enigmatic Brendon Lynch (McGregor), Australia’s public enemy Number One, who takes him under his wing. As JR gets deeper into Lynch’s criminal underworld, a tangled, co-dependent relationship develops.
He soon finds himself on a collision course with his mentor in a very dangerous game.
“Son of Gun was inspired by my own true story of when I was growing up,” says writer and director Julius Avery. “Movies were a big part of my childhood, so the script is basically my childhood dream come true – working in a very muscular, very cool world where men get to be men and get to do things that test them. It is very personal to me. It came from the heart and then evolved into this big epic action film. But ultimately, at the centre of it is a small story about me growing up in Perth, Western Australia.”
The film was shot over nine weeks in Perth, Fremantle, Kalgoorlie and Melbourne, with many real locations including a WA maximum-security prison and a working Kalgoorlie gold mine. Son of Gun involves huge action scenes, from helicopter prison escapes, to gun fights, to car chases and a gold mine heists.
Crucial to the success of the movie was casting the right mix of actors to play the tough characters. Julius searched the globe, seeing actors face-to-face and on tape, and ended up finding both established actors and fresh faces.
Newcomer Brenton Thwaites plays JR, the rookie criminal who quickly gets sucked into the underworld. Having made his start on Home and Away, Brenton has recently been seen in the film Malificent with Angelina Jolie and The Giver starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. For Brenton, the script had everything he was looking for – the chance to delve deep into a character. “There were so many different aspects to it for an actor,” he says, “You’ve got all the action stuff, which is so much fun.
Also right from the start of the film there’s such a meaningful back-story.” As JR’s dangerous mentor, Avery cast Golden Globe nominated actor Ewan McGregor. Scotsman Ewan is no stranger to filming in Australia, having appeared in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge and Star Wars: Episode I, II, and III, which were shot in Sydney.
Son of Gun is rated MA 15+, and opens in cinemas everywhere on October 16. Julius Avery and Brenton Thwaites will take part in a Q&A session after a preview screening of Son of Gun at Luna Leederville on Sunday 12 August, at 6.30pm. Tickets are on sale now from the cinema or www.lunapalace.com.au. Normal cinema prices apply ($17.50 full / $13.00 conc).
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