Stray - 2018

Long Road Films - 100 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 9322225231054

Cast: Kieran Charnock, Arta Dobroshi, Luciane Buchanan, Joel Fili, Sez Niederer, Gerard Murphy, Mia Blake, Sean Crawford
Writer: Dustin Feneley; Director of Photography: Ari Wegner; Original Music: Rhian Sheehan; Editor: Dione Chard; Sound Designer: Dick Reade; Production Manager: Alana Henderson; Costume Designer: Lisa Greenslade; Visual Effects: Miquel Ubeda; Art Director: Sophie Janus; Production Design: Sophie Durham; Makeup: Stanley Simpson-Wells; Producers: Desray Armstrong, Dustin Feneley; Director: Dustin Feneley.

A young man is on parole after serving time for attempting to murder the man who killed his girlfriend in a hit and run. A woman is released from a psychiatric facility far from her homeland. These two damaged strangers cross paths in the mountains during Winter and fall into a complex intimate relationship, putting to the test their capacity to trust and heal. I can't help but think that the screenplay was written "on the fly". The DVD has optional subtitles, but given the lack of dialogue, I see no point in having them. The positive raves escape me. I know of worse NZ films, but I certainly know of many that are much better. I would rate this disappointing.

Censor Rating: M - Review rating: C-

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Graeme Tuckett Review

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Kerre McIvor talks with Dustin Feneley on Newstalk ZB

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STRAY Selected for Moscow International Film Festival

Kieran Charnock wins best actor award at the Moscow International Film Festival

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2018 - Winner - Silver Saint George Award - Best Actor (Kieran Charnock) - Moscow International Film Festival

2018 - Winner -- Best Cinematography - Golden Eye Festival

2018 - Winner - Grand Prize - Golden Eye Festival

2018 - Winner - Best Feature Film - Rivne International Film Festival

2018 - Winner - Best Production Design - Rivne International Film Festival

2018 - Winner - Best Actress (Arta Dobroshi) - Festival des Antipodes

2019 - Winner - Best New Director - Brooklyn Film Festival

2019 - Best Direction in a Feature Film (Budget under $1M) - Australian Directors Guild Awards

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