Greg McLean’s survival thriller, Jungle, will have it’s world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August.
Jungle tells the extraordinary true story of Yossi Ghinsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), who spent three weeks lost in the Amazon in his early 20s. The film also stars Lily Sullivan and Alex Russell.
“From the moment I first read the story I realised what a remarkable and powerful tale this was … Jungle is at once entertaining, absolutely compelling, completely terrifying and deeply moving,” said McLean.
In the early 1980s, 22-year-old Israeli backpacker Yossi Ghinsberg and two friends – Swiss teacher Marcus Stamm and American photographer Kevin Gale – set off from the Bolivian city of La Paz on what was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. Leading the way into the uncharted Amazon was an Austrian expat named Karl Ruprechter, who had met the friends just days before and claimed to be familiar with the region. But their dream trip soon turned into a wilderness nightmare from which not all of the men returned.
Adapting Ghinsberg’s acclaimed memoir, Greg McLean moves beyond his previous horror fare to take on an altogether different kind of fear in Jungle, all the more potent for being true. Daniel Radcliffe continues pushing his post-Potter career to the extreme, ably supported by Alex Russell (fellow MIFF Premiere Fund title Cut Snake, MIFF 2014), Joel Jackson (Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door) and Thomas Kretschmann (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Dracula).
Scripted by Justin Monjo (INXS: Never Tear Us Apart) and supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, Jungle is a stunningly shot, edge-of-your seat story of survival and self-discovery.
You can find Melbourne Internation Film Festival screening and ticket details here.