[Exclusive BTS Photos!] Matthew Holmes’ revenge drama The Cost is currently shooting in Melbourne

The Cost. Photos by Melville Quilliam. Courtesy of Two Tone Pictures.

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“I wanted to make a cinematic experience that goes in the opposite direction – one that explores the emotional and mental consequences of carrying out a brutal act of vengeance in the name of justice.”

Cinema Australia readers have been treated to an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at new Australian feature film, The Cost.

Production is currently underway in and around Melbourne on The Cost, a psychological revenge drama from director, writer and producer Matthew Holmes (The Legend of Ben Hall, Twin Rivers) and South Australian co-writer Gregory Moss.

Set over an intense 48-hour period, the filmmakers are describing The Cost as a harrowing tale of vengeance that spirals desperately out of control.

“While revenge is a common theme in movies, it’s mostly presented as a positive thing. When the hero violently dispenses with the villain we clap and cheer with satisfaction,” says Holmes.

“I wanted to make a cinematic experience that goes in the opposite direction – one that explores the emotional and mental consequences of carrying out a brutal act of vengeance in the name of justice.”

The Cost. Photos by Melville Quilliam. Courtesy of Two Tone Pictures.

The ensemble cast includes Jordan Fraser-Trumble (The Legend of Ben Hall, West of Sunshine), Damon Hunter (The Party Bus, Neighbours) and Kevin Dee (Underbelly), with supporting roles from Joshua Jaeger (Twin Rivers), Cait Spiker (Romper Stomper 2018), Sotiris Tzelios (Sweet Country), Nicole Pastor (Water Horse), Adam Willson (The Legend of Ben Hall), Nadia Fragnito (The Artifice) and Mark Redpath (Quanta).

The Cost is a co-production between Holmes’ Two Tone Pictures and Producer Russell Cunningham of RLC Motion Picture Entertainment, who teamed up for the multi-award winning Australian historical drama The Legend of Ben Hall in 2016.

Adam La Rosa of La Rosa Productions (Rage) is on-board as executive producer, along with EPs Rohan Muggleton, Alexander Moss, Ross Angelo and Joshua Little.

The Cost is being lensed by emerging cinematographer Cable Williams (The Party Bus), with a score by composer Ronnie Minder, whose work on The Legend of Ben Hall made the official shortlist for an Academy Award (Oscar®) nomination in 2017 for Best Original Score.

Also attached is Costume Designer Oriana Merullo (2067, Never Too Late) and Production Designer Lufan Chi in her feature film debut.

The Cost has an anticipated release of mid-2022.

EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT THE COST!

Director Matthew Holmes with actors Damon Hunter and Nadia Fragnito, blocking a scene. Photo by Melville Quilliam.
Crew on location at Lauriston. (L to R) Actor Jordan Fraser-Trumble, Sandra Miller, Geoff Webb, Darby Maxwell, DOP Cable WIlliams, Michelle Sherry-Damon, Matthew Holmes. Photo by Melville Quilliam.
On location at Lauriston: (L to R) Director Matthew Holmes, Camera Operator Rhys Jones and DOP Cable Williams.
Shooting during COVID on the Melbourne Metro: (L to R) Actor Kevin Dee, Geoff Webb, DOP Cable WIlliams, Matthew Holmes and actress Sophie Elizabeth Stewart.
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