THE DRY
2021, IFC Films, 118 min, Australia/USA, Dir: Robert Connolly

Federal Agent Aaron Falk (Eric Bana) returns to his home town of Kiewarra after an absence of more than 20 years to attend the funeral of his childhood friend, Luke (Martin Dingle Wall), who allegedly killed his wife and child before taking his own life – a victim of the madness that has ravaged this community after more than a decade of drought. When Falk reluctantly agrees to stay and investigate the crime, he opens up an old wound – the death of 17-year-old Ellie Deacon (BeBe Bettencourt). Falk begins to suspect these two crimes, separated by decades, are connected. As he struggles to prove not only Luke’s innocence but also his own, Falk finds himself pitted against the prejudice towards him and pent-up rage of a terrified community. Based on the global bestseller.


THE UNDOING
2020, HBO, 60 min, USA, Dir: Susanne Bier

From writer David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) and director Susanne Bier (The Night Manager), the limited series focuses on Grace Fraser (Nicole Kidman), a successful therapist, and her devoted husband, Jonathan (Hugh Grant), and their young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. A chasm opens in Grace's seemingly perfect life: a violent death, a missing spouse and a chain of terrible revelations.


BETTER DAYS
SHAONIAN DE NI
2019, Well Go USA, 135 min, China/Hong Kong, Dir: Derek Kwok-cheung Tsang

Nian (Zhou Dongyu) finds her life at a standstill when faced by relentless bullying from her peers as she prepares for her college entrance exam. Fate brings her together with small-time criminal Bei (Jackson Yee), but before they can retreat into a world of their own, both are dragged into the middle of a murder investigation that will change their lives forever. In this dramatic thriller, Derek Kwok-cheung Tsang paints a bleak picture of an oppressive society, in the guise of a gripping fairy-tale love story, exposing the dark world of bullying and societal pressures of achievement facing today’s youth.


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