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by Matthew Eeles
Davo Hardy is one of the hardest working independent filmmakers in Australia.
Since 2015 Hardy has written, edited, directed and produced an impressive four feature films including family drama The Lives We Lead, supernatural horror Hunting for Shadows and A Silent Agreement – the first Australian feature film to showcase Auslan starring Joshua Sealy and Paul Mercurio.
Years of hard work has paid off for the challenge-seeking director with his latest film, The Blood of God, scoring a limited cinema release in Sydney and Hardy reckons there’s a broad audience hungry for this kind of film.
“As a director, I like to defy mainstream convention and even though the church is not presented as the root of the problem in these characters’ lives, it is also not the easy answer,” Hardy tells Cinema Australia. “It was important for me to depict a diverse cast of characters with all the layers and contradictions that the rest of us have. No matter our colour, creed or belief system; we’re all struggling to make sense of our lives and to find any rhythm in the madness.”
Though ostensibly about Christianity, The Blood of God is really about a father/son relationship as their philosophical discussions on faith are put to the ultimate test when the father’s strict doctrines and bigotry point the son to rebel with the wrong crowd and he ultimately winds up with a drug addiction, while still pleading to God to protect him along the way.
Sydney-born actor Richard Littlehales, Matias Klaver, Vicki Gard and Meili Bookluck star in the film which Hardy and his crew shot in January.
“It was the middle of summer and tempers wore thin. But through all the controversy of a story that deals with working class Australia, racism and religious bigotry, there was a lot of heart and humour to bolster our spirits,” Hardy said. “Even in the trailer, you get a laugh.”
Now that Dendy, Newtown has opened its doors to the film, Hardy hopes the cinema-going public can catch the film on a Saturday night and talk about it in church on Sunday.
“I’m not saying it won’t put a few noses out of joint here and there as that’s the source of the drama, but we did shoot a lot of the movie in and around a church and the ceiling hasn’t caved in on us yet!”
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