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In this episode of the Cinema Australia Podcast, host Matthew Eeles is joined by director Samuel Bartlett and actor Matt Doran to discuss their new Australian thriller, Intersection.
Intersection follows Jake Galloway – a charming and well-dressed conman who wheels and deals like no one else in Sydney. One evening, as he one-ups the founder of a local tech startup over a visa, he receives a mysterious picture message from an unknown kidnapper with a gun held to his son’s head. He takes an anonymous call from the kidnapper and is forced to abort the visa deal in progress. Jake is coerced to drive the Sydney streets, completing an escalating series of trials to appease his son’s abductor and learn how his actions have affected others.
Director Samuel Bartlett studied at the leading national Australian Film TV and Radio School, completed his Masters in Film at Sydney University, and studied story with renowned structure specialist Karel Segers.
Bartlett has written and directed multiple award-winning short films that have featured at Academy-accredited festivals around the world, including Raindance (London) and Rhode Island Film Festival.
His Page Awards winning script Damage Control, is in pre-production with George Gallo (Bad Boys) producing and directing; now titled The Longest Night. Samuel has another script in development with actress Natasha Bassett (Hail, Caesar!, Britney Ever After and Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis) attached.
Matt Doran is a seasoned actor with over three decades of performing experience. In the 90s he was a mainstay character on the hit TV show Home and Away. This TV success launched his film career, working with Terrance Malick alongside Sean Penn in The Thin Red Line, then working with the Wachowski’s on The Matrix and with George Lucas in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. Doran’s other credits include Always Greener and Geoffrey Wright’s Macbeth.
Intersection will screen at Monster Fest on Thursday, 5 November at Event Cinemas George Street. An Australian release date is yet to be announced.