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The story of Ari (Alex Dimitriades), a young Greek man in Melbourne, in conflict with his background, his sexuality, unable to come to terms with his future, and unable to express the turmoil within his passionate heart, or his individual head. His only mode of self expression is in excess: excess in sex, in drugs, in anti-social and anti-authority behaviour, rejecting his parents but also rejecting his need of them. Just as he rejects the notion of getting a job. And he somehow has to survive himself.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
In spending 24 hours inside Ari's life, we are shown exactly how he feels and thinks; in one of the most sexually frank and explicit films of memory, Ana Kokkinos manages to do on screen what Loaded managed to do in print: take us inside. Inside Ari's head, inside his feelings.

This is no mean feat, considering the thin lines that exist between exploitative sexual imagery and genuine exploration of the character. Dimitriades is spectacular, with all the furious energy and attitude of an early Marlon Brando, and the body of a model. Sultry, unpredictable, confused and proud, his Ari is only explicable by the final scene (which you'll have to see for yourself).

Driving the drama are other fabulous performances, and wonderfully observed support characters, a strident, unselfconscious and natural design, marvellous music (enormously varied from Greek source music to original underscore) and a high octane-burning engine provided by Kokkinos' direction. Head On will redefine the way Australian films are perceived by the rest of the world.

DVD special features include behind the scenes and Paul Capsis music video

Published August 11, 2005

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CAST: Alex Dimitriades, Paul Capsis, Julian Garner, Tony Nikolakopoulos, Elena Mandalis, Eugenia Fragos

PRODUCER: Jane Scott

DIRECTOR: Ana Kokkinos

SCRIPT: Ana Kokkinos, Andrew Bovell, Mira Robertson (adapted from the book, Loaded, by Christos Tsiolkas)


EDITOR: Jill Bilcock

MUSIC: Ollie Olsen


RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes

PRESENTATION: Widescreen 16X9

SPECIAL FEATURES: Head on: Six Years on behind the scenes reunion; Paul Capsis Music Video 'Jealous Guy'. Cast & Crew filmographies; photo gallery; trailer

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Fox Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: August 10, 2005

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