‘Down Under’ Trailer: New Comedy Targets the Cronulla Riots

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StudioCanal has unveiled the very first trailer for Down Under, an upcoming dark comedy set during the aftermath of the 2005 Cronulla riots.

Tackling a shameful moment in Australia’s recent history, Down Under tells the story of two groups of young men (one Australian and one Lebanese) and their mission to retaliate against one another following the events in Cronulla.

Whether the Australian public is ready to embrace a comedic, clearly passionate film criticising the intolerance that fueled the events around that time remains to be seen. Regardless, what we have now is this first-look trailer, giving us an energetic look at what could be quite an entertaining picture. Racism remains a sensitive topic in Australia, so fingers crossed Down Under balances the humour and messages in a way that doesn’t simply stir up controversy for its setting alone.

Australian actor and short-film helmer Abe Forsyth makes his feature directorial debut with the film.

Down Under, starring Lincoln Younes, Damon Herriman, Rahel Romahn, Michael Denkha, Alexander England, Fayssal Bazzi, Harriet Dyer, Christopher Bunton, David Field and Marshall Napier, will hit Aussie screens on August 11.

Synopsis for Down Under:

A black comedy set during the aftermath of the Cronulla riots, DOWN UNDER is the story of two carloads of hotheads from both sides of the fight destined to collide. Sincere, though misguided, intent gives way to farcical ineptitude as this hilarious yet poignant story of ignorance, fear and kebab-cravings unfolds, and what was meant to be a retaliation mission turns into something neither side could have imagined.

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Down Under - Photograph by David Dare Parker
Photograph by David Dare Parker
Down Under - Photograph by David Dare Parker
Photograph by David Dare Parker
Down Under - Photograph by David Dare Parker
Photograph by David Dare Parker