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As far as we’re concerned, Stan. doesn’t get enough credit for their local productions. Most of their exclusive Australian content is top quality – The Second, True History of the Kelly Gang etc – and Relic looks to be no exception.
Here’s the Press Release from Stan. announcing their new Original title:
Stan, the unrivalled home of Australian original productions, today revealed the Stan Original Film Relic will premiere on July 10, leading a series of brand new originals and theatrical releases to be announced over the coming weeks.
The announcement comes following the record breaking release of Justin Kurzel’s True History of The Kelly Gang at the beginning of the year, which formed part of Australia’s biggest ever lineup of original productions over the past summer on Stan – including original series The Other Guy Season 2, The Gloaming and The Commons – alongside the recently released second season of Bloom.
Today’s announcement reflects Stan’s focus on original productions and major production partnerships, with a series of announcements on its forthcoming originals slate to be made over the coming weeks.
Directed by Japanese-Australian director Natalie Erika James and led by an all female cast spanning three generations, Relic stars Emily Mortimer (Mary Poppins Returns, The Newsroom), Australian theatre legend Robyn Nevin (Upper Middle Bogan, The Matrix Franchise), and Bella Heathcote (Stan Original Series Bloom, Dark Shadows). The Australian horror feature was written by Natalie Erika James and Christian White and was co-produced by Carver Films’ producers Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw (Partisan, Snowtown), and Nine Stories’ Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker (Wildlife), with the Russo Brothers’ (Avengers: Endgame) AGBO executive producing.
Relic enjoyed its world premiere in the Midnight section at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and currently boasts a perfect 100% score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The film was also programmed in the Midnighters section at SXSW.
A thrilling tale that serves as a deeply felt metaphor for the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease, Relic tells the story of Edna (Robyn Nevin), an elderly and widowed matriarch who goes missing, and her daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer) and granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) who must travel to their remote family home in the Melbourne countryside to find her. Soon after her return, they start to discover a sinister presence haunting the house and taking control of Edna.
Relic is a Carver Films and Nine Stories production. Major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with AGBO. Developed, produced and filmed on location in regional Victoria with support from Film Victoria. Distributed by Umbrella Entertainment.
Stan Original Film Relic premieres July 10 – only on Stan.