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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.


LITTLE MONSTERS
2019, 94 min, Dir: Abe Forsythe

Beyond Fest alumnus Abe Forsythe describes his all-killer, no-filler second feature as an “R-rated Pixar film.” Dave (Alexander England) is a washed-up millennial musician going nowhere fast after a vicious breakup. Desperate to impress his nephew’s kindergarten teacher, Miss Caroline (a stupendous Lupita Nyong'o), he agrees to help chaperone the kids on an excursion to the petting zoo. When zombies escape from the military base next door, Dave, Caroline and TV personality Teddy McGiggle (Josh Gad) must work together to keep the kids alive and survive the flesh-hungry hordes.


DOWN UNDER
2016, 90 min, Dir: Abe Forsythe

Director Abe Forsythe’s audacious debut is set during the 2005 Cronulla riots in Australia, in which Lebanese and Australian youths clashed in racially motivated fights. On one side is Jason and his crew, whose concern that Middle Easterners are taking over their town leads them to patrol the neighborhood (and hopefully bash some heads); on the other side, Nick and his gang are tired of being treated as second-class citizens in the country they were born in, and will defend their freedom (as soon as they get some weapons). The inevitable showdown between these groups is the battlefield in which Forsythe skewers every stereotype under the sun.


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