Wednesday 28 October 2020
10.00 am, 2.00 pm, 5.00 pm and 7.30 pm
Directed by Ben Lawrence
Drama M 111 mins
In Ben Lawrence’s beautifully acted debut feature, a war photographer, and a refugee discover a photograph that threatens to destroy them both. Daniel Fisher (Hugo Weaving) returns home, and despite his partner’s protests, prepares for his next dangerous overseas assignment. At the same time, he is preparing for an upcoming retrospective exhibition of his work from the world’s war zones. South Sudanese refugee, Sebastian Aman (Andrew Luri) has built a life in Australia, living happily with his wife and young child. When he learns that Daniel’s exhibition may display photographs of a massacre in Sebastian’s village 15 years earlier, he finds Daniel and appeals to him to exclude those photographs. An unlikely friendship develops between the two men, but it is severely tested when Daniel makes a shocking discovery. Hearts and Bones centres around the relationship of these two men, from very different backgrounds, who bond over their shared trauma.
It is a human-oriented drama that builds a thoughtful and contemplative space, empathising with characters grappling with difficult circumstances outside the common experience. It is also the kind of drama you sometimes want to grab and shake to life.– Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian.
Hearts and Bones is a thoughtful and engaging story, driven by exceptional performances. – Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald.
As well as showcasing Weaving’s talents, it also proves a calling card for its director, as well as a stirring debut for Sudanese-Australian truck driver-turned-actor Andrew Luri. – Sarah Ward, Screen International.