A series of first-look images have been released for Father’s Day, an upcoming Australian crime-thriller starring Pawno actor Damian Hill.
Shot on location in Melbourne, Father’s Day tells the story of a gambling addicted father who has less than a day to pay back a debt to a violent loan shark. His day is turned upside down when he is forced by his ex-wife to look after their young son. As he grows increasingly desperate in his ways to pay back the debt, he is taken on a journey to confront his addiction and let go of his past.
The film also stars Arthur Angel (Red Dog), Kat Stewart (Offspring), Tony Nikolakopoulos (Head On), and introduces young actor Ty Perham as the son.
Father’s Day marks the feature directorial debut of Jason Raftopoulos, who was also behind the short film of the same name this feature is based on.
On board as producer is Alexandros Ouzas, backing the film via his production company Exile Productions in association with Small Village Films.
“Whilst developing a couple of larger scale projects together Jason and I decided that we wanted to get out there on the streets of Melbourne and shoot a film with the approach of our European influences: the likes of Goddard, Rossellini, Visconti,” Ouzas said.
“Father’s Day lends itself to this style of filmmaking as it follows the protagonist on his journey over one day. We are shooting at a rapid pace as we follow our main character on location with many non-actors. There’s a real freedom to this style of production. The cast and crew have been fantastic and we couldn’t have done this without them.”
The project is being called a modern-day Bicycle Thieves, referencing the powerful Italian 1948 classic that tells of a man and his son on the search for their stolen bicycle in post-war Italy.
Principal photography on Father’s Day will wrap on 6 March and the film is expected to be completed in June. Australia, New Zealand and UK distribution will be handled by Bounty Entertainment and Exile Distribution.