Titan View announced today that new Australian feature film, Joe Cinque’s Consolation, will be released in cinemas across Australian on October 13, 2016
The film will also have its international premiere at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Joe Cinque’s Consolation recently had its world premiere as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival in which the film saw its two sessions sell out in a matter of hours.
Directed by Sotiris Dounoukos, Joe Cinque’s Consolation stars Maggie Naouri (Wentworth, Offspring), Jerome Meyer (Secrets and Lies), Gia Carides (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Wonderland), Sacha Joseph (The Hollowmen, City Homicide) and Josh McConville (The Infinite Man, The Killing Field).
Joe Cinque’s Consolation tells the true story of the death of Joe Cinque. In early 1997 Anu Singh, a law student at the Australian National University, confides in friends that she plans to kill herself to put an end to a mysterious illness. With doctors unable or unwilling to help, Anu’s boyfriend, Joe Cinque, attempts to get to the bottom of her condition. As Anu’s mental and emotional state begins to disintegrate, her plans grow more macabre and more public. Joe begins to understand the true nature of their relationship while Anu blames him for her illness and vows revenge against him. After an elaborate farewell dinner party attended by friends, Anu drugs Joe with Rohypnol. Now under Anu’s control, Joe’s fate depends on their friends and colleagues intervening to save his life. Instead they gradually withdraw, unwilling to help or immobilised by doubt or disbelief. More than a day later, on the 26th of October 1997, Anu injects Joe with a lethal dose of heroin.
Joe Cinque’s Consolation is the adaptation of Helen Garner’s best-selling account of these events: an examination of collective and individual responsibility, and a crime that shocked Australia.
Joe Cinque’s Consolation’s selection for the 41st Toronto International Film Festival marks Dounoukos’ return to the festival, where in 2014, he was awarded TIFF’s Best International Short Film Award for his film, A Single Body. The film later collected the best film awards at the St Kilda Film Festival and Dendy Award as part of the Sydney Film Festival.