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Australia | 2014 | 119 minutes | Craig Monahan

As a form of rehabilitation, Viktor Khadem learns to take care of injured birds at a low-security prison farm in Australia. Through his relationships with these distressed birds of prey, Viktor may finally learn to heal.

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Director Craig Monahan’s first feature film in a decade reunites him with Hugo Weaving (Interview, SIFF 2000) for this moving tale of hope and redemption. Monahan and co-writer Alison Nisselle took inspiration from a true story for their account of a closed-off prisoner finding new purpose by tending to injured birds of prey. Toward the end of his 16-year murder sentence, prison authorities move Iran-born Victor Khadem (Don Hany) to Won Wron, a low-security prison farm north of Melbourne. Drifting unhappily through his days, his life changes when senior officer Matt Perry (Weaving) encourages him to take part in an experiment at Healesville Sanctuary in which inmates nurse raptors, such as falcons and owls, back to health. Perry believes that Victor has what it takes to tame Yasmine, an imposing wedge-tailed eagle, but a combustible mix of inmates and officers with issues of their own threatens to scupper the plan. In the process, a friendship forms that could prove as beneficial to Perry as to Victor, who has more in common with his charge than first meets the eye.

Director Biography

Craig Monahan's company Pointblank Pictures was established in 1986 and has operated as a successful production company ever since. He directed and produced numerous major TVC's and music videos through the '80s and into the early '90s. Monahan directed his first film, The Interview, in 1998 with great success, receiving nine A.F.I. Awards and winning Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actor, and broadcast by the Ten Network. Following the success of The Interview, Pointblank Pictures and Monahan were able to continue to develop a slate of projects.

Sponsored by Embassy of Australia, Snoqualmie Tribe

Director: Craig Monahan
Principal Cast: Hugo Weaving, Don Hany, Xavier Samuel, Jane Menelaus, Laura Brent
Premier Status: North American Premiere
Country: Australia
Year: 2014
Running Time: 119 minutes
Producer: Tait Brady, Craig Monahan
Screenplay: Alison Nisselle, Craig Monahan
Cinematographers: Andrew Lesnie
Editors: Suresh Ayyar
Music: David Hirschfelder
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Peaches (2004); The Interview (1998)
Language: English
Format: DCP
International Sales: Lightning Entertainment
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