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THESE FINAL HOURS

SYNOPSIS:
A catastrophic event has doomed earth and Australia is just hours from obliteration, and James (Nathan Phillips) can't face it just with his girlfriend Zoe (Jessica De Gouw). As he leaves her to go to his friend's (Daniel Henshall) house where an end-of-the-world rave party is in full swing, on the empty street he sees two thugs kidnapping a little girl. Feeling compelled to go to her aid, James rescues her and with nowhere else to keep her safe, he takes Rose (Angourie Rice) to the party. But fuelled by drugs and alcohol, the party is no place for Rose and James has to decide what to do in these final hours.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
What began as a 10 minute short about the end of the world and how some characters in Perth would behave in the last few hours, has ended up as a feature film about the same subject. Screen Australia knocked back the short for funding, but thanks to that 'no', the film makers took on the bigger project, with Robert Connolly lending the weight of his name and reputation (as executive producer) to the project, which opened doors and to calls returned.

Although we never learn the exact nature of the apocalyptic scenario, the ticking clock is provided by a lone radio operator (David Field's voice) offering occasional reports.
the film is more concerned about what the characters do; how they react, behave and relate to their relationships. Some of it seems reasonably credible, some of it is the filmmaker's imagination. But then the end of the world here is a device not a story that asks to be taken seriously. It's nothing as obvious as a nuclear event or an asteroid crashing into earth.
Strong performances drive the tension, with little Angourie Rice delivering a superb performance as Rose, the catalyst for James to change course and eventually find a redemptive way to face the end.

Lynette Curran is superb as his mum who has more or less given up on her unreliable son, and Kathryn Beck has a spectacular meltdown as Vicky, James' girlfriend ... or one of them. It may become the film's iconic scene.

Opening sequence sets up the scenario as well as the edgy tone, and Perth provides a handy set of city and suburban locations.

It's an attention grabbing debut.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

THESE FINAL HOURS (MA15+)
(Aust, 2013)

CAST: Nathan Phillips, Sarah Snook, Daniel Henshall, Jessica De Gouw, Angourie Rice, Kathryn Beck, Lynette Curran

VOICES: David Field

PRODUCER: Liz Kearney

DIRECTOR: Zak Hilditch

SCRIPT: Zak Hilditch

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Bonnie Elliott

EDITOR: Meredith Watson Jeffrey

MUSIC: Cornel Wilczek

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Nigel Devenport

RUNNING TIME: 86 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: July 31, 2014







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