by Matthew Eeles
Jason Raftopoulos’ new Melbourne-shot drama West of Sunshine will have it’s Australian premiere at this year’s Sydney Film Festival.
West of Sunshine is an exhilarating piece of Australian cinema, depicting Jim’s (Damien Hill) rocky relationship with his stepson (Hill’s real-life stepson Ty Perham), whilst navigating the collapse of his family and managing the consequences of his gambling problems.
“West of Sunshine is a thesis on love, free will and intergenerational trauma,” said Raftopoulos. “I wanted to explore how a person deals with the cycle of loss and abandonment, what they do to relieve themselves of that pain and how they find the strength and insight to break free of negative patterns and start again.”
West of Sunshine also stars Kat Stewart (Underbelly), Kaarin Fairfax (What if it Works?) and Arthur Angel (Red Dog).
The Sydney Film Festival also announced today a sneak peak of this year’s lineup which includes Travis Beard’s fascinating documentary RocKabul which examines Afghanistan’s first metal band District Unknown, and I Used to be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story, a coming-of-age documentary about the intense love of boybands, from The Beatles to One Direction.
Maya the Bee: The Honey Games will also screen at the festival.
The full program announcement will be on Wednesday 9 May. To check out the full list of early announcements, click here.