Directed by: Ben Chessell
Screenplay by: Ben Chessell & Lawrence Leung
Starring: John Luc, Lily Sullivan, Timothy Spall, Jack Koman, Kat Stewart, Shaun Micallef and Eddie Baroo
Synopsis: When 18-year-old Lawrence is caught on his final year math exam, he fails to get into medical school and is banished to stay at his goofy uncle’s house for the summer. By chase he meets ‘The Professor’ – a colourful ageing conman who invites Lawrence to join him and his shat-tonged daughter Sarah on a road trip. As they make their way across the country (leaving suckers in their wake), Lawrence learns the ancient art of the swindle from the Professor and from Sarah he learns the truth about love.
The first trailer for Sucker has dropped.
Sucker is based on the award-winning, smash hit stage show by Lawrence Leung. Leung co-wrote the feature film adaptation with director Ben Chessell.
The comedic coming of age story stars YouTube sensation John Luc, rising star Lily Sullivan (Camp, Mental) and Timothy Spall (Harry Potter, Mr Turner). Other cast members include Jack Koman, Kat Stewart and Shaun Micallef. A fresh take on a classic con tale, Sucker is the first Australian feature film to cast a YouTube star in a lead role, and is loosely based on Leung’s late teenage years.
Lawrence Leung is an award-winning Australian comedian and writer whose extensive career includes ABC TV’s Lawrence Leung’s Unbelievable, Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure and Maximum Choppage.
Sucker is the debut feature film for writer/director Ben Chessell, who has directed episodes of Rush, Offspring, Dance Academy and Camp. It is produced by AFI Award winner Robyn Kershaw (Bran Nue Dae, Looking for Alibrandi) and Jason Byrne (Shadow Play, How to Talk Australian, One Perfect Day, Rats and Cats). The film had its world premiere at MIFF in August 2015.
Sucker will be released in cinemas with a series of Q&A events across the country from December 1 at the following select Hoyts locations. Both John Luc and Lawrence Leung will be touring. Tickets are on sale now.
Tuesday 1 December HOYTS EASTLAND (Vic)
Wednesday 2 December HOYTS MELBOURNE CENTRAL (Vic)
Thursday 3 December HOYTS BROADWAY (NSW)
Friday 4 December HOYTS BLACKTOWN (NSW)
Saturday 5 December HOYTS STAFFORD (QLD)
Monday 7 December HOYTS CAROUSEL (WA)
Wednesday 9 December HOYTS TEA TREE PLAZA (SA)