In Focus: Brother’s Nest

Shane Jacobson and Clayton Jacobson in Brother’s Nest.

Brother’s Nest

Directed by Clayton Jacobson
Written by Jamie Browne and Chris Pahlow
Produced by Jason Byrne and Clayton Jacobson
Starring Shane Jacobson, Clayton Jacobson, Kim Gyngell, Lynette Curran and Sarah Snook.

by Matthew Eeles

We’re making it official. 2018 is the year of Shane Jacobson.

The Australian comedian will star in five feature films this year including Guardians of the Tomb, Ladies in Black (possibly 2019), That’s Not My Dog, The BBQ and perhaps the most anticipated of them all, Brother’s Nest.

Shane Jacobson and Sarah Snook in Brother’s Nest. Their third feature film together after Oddball and The Dressmaker.

Originally titled Sibling Rivalry, Brother’s Nest is Shane and Clayton Jacobson’s long-overdue followup to their 2006 pisser, Kenny.

On a cold morning in country Victoria, brothers Terry (Shane Jacobson) and Jeff (Clayton Jacobson) arrive at the family home intent on murdering their step-father, Roger (Kim Gyngell).

Terry and Jeff’s motive is simple – killing their stepdad will render their dying Mother’s (Lynette Curran) plan to change her will in his favour, redundant.

The staged “suicide” has been meticulously planned but there is one thing the boys didn’t take into account, spending an entire day together.

Shane Jacobson and Lynette Curran in Brother’s Nest.

Old grudges, different worldviews and a general troubled history will pit these two brothers against each other and by the end of the day three people will be dead.

Brothers’ Nest is said to be the very blackest of comedies about family, loyalty and murder – because after all, blood is thicker than water.

Clayton is again on directing duties starring alongside his brother Shane who also earns a credit as the film’s executive producer.

Brother’s Nest has two writers on duty, Jamie Brown, whose last feature film was the 2014 black comedy The Mule and Chris Pahlow whose last feature film credit was as writer and director of the 2015 music indie Play It Safe.

Kim Gyngell in Brother’s Nest.

Label Distribution recently announced that the film will have its world premiere at this year’s South By South West. Its success there will determine when Australian audiences get to see the film so here’s hoping audiences and international critics attending the festival enjoy it.

There’s no word on a trailer yet but Cinema Australia was lucky enough to catch some footage from the film and it’s looking great! Darker than we expected with a real Fargo vibe about it.

You can keep up to date with Brother’s Nest via Cinema Australia or the film Facebook page.



One thought on “In Focus: Brother’s Nest

  1. My son and I went to the closing screening how of the Brother’s nest at the Gold Coast Arts centre on the 29th April 2018. All I can say to everyone is go and see the movie. It is a absolutely enthralling, intriguing, funny and sad with all the emotions of what can happen in a partially dysfunctional jaded family.

    Shane and Clayton Jacobson performed to another level and were absolutely perfect for this script. The other act Kim Gyngell and Lynette Curran were also great and played perfect parts. The after screening discussion also proved to be an informative insight into how the movie was made and financed and how the this movie was made in short period of time with the help of the film industry.

    A must go and see, you will not be disappointed 10/10.

    Malcolm Savage

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