Environmental activists meet their match when they tangle with 4WD adventurers in Rough Stuff, which crashes into Australian cinemas from March 16.
Rough Stuff is the action-packed story of an activist group making a dubious deal with treasure-seeking Rovers and their modified four-wheel-drives for an expedition through treacherous Australian terrain. Tensions rise and ulterior motives are revealed with exciting off-road chases, daring rescues and amazing discoveries that follow.
Rough Stuff was conceived as a back-to-basics mythic-adventure, drawing on inspirations as varied as Mad Max, The Castle and The Magnificent Seven. Part western, part bush-bashing adventure and part comedy, it appeals to a growing audience of 4WD owners and off-road adventurers while remaining an old-fashioned crowd-pleaser for the broad movie-going audience.
For his debut feature, writer-director Jonathan Adams assembles a fresh-faced cast of talented young actors including Gareth Rickards, Vincent Andriano, Sam Glissan, Jamie Kristian, Hayley Sullivan, Katie Garfield and Adam Horner, plus a cameo role by famous Australian Aboriginal actor, Ernie Dingo.
“The challenge I set myself was to create something entertaining, high-energy and fun but without pandering and losing that personal touch,” said director, Jonathan Adams. “I simply wanted to make a film that I would want to see. But I also happen to have varied tastes, so it’s quite a quirky film in a lot of ways, like a mash-up of an Indie ensemble comedy and an old-fashioned Hollywood western. I also wanted to make something uniquely Australian, something that takes advantage of how exotic this country really is.”
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