Madman Films has unveiled the official trailer for Aussie western The Flood, telling a story of retribution set during the troubling period of WWII Australia.
The Aussie film follows Jarah, played by Alexis Lane (Cleverman), a woman of half Irish-half South Sea Islander descent who finds her life turned upside down when her husband, Indigenous Australian Waru (Shaka Cook, Cleverman, Top End Wedding), and daughter Binda (Simone Landers, Cargo) are taken from her.
“The Flood is an action-packed dramatic western=styled adventure that uses our nation’s history as a framework to support an uncompromising, exacting and at times romantic and delicate female driven story that acts as a parable for race relations in our country,” says writer-director Victoria Wharfe McIntyre, making her feature debut with what looks like quite the attention-grabbing pic.
“We take audiences on a roller coaster ride, reimagining history, where women of the era radicalise and push back on expectations. Through living lives of their own choosing they highlight the choices and actions of the brutal society around them.”
Much of the film was shot in McIntyre’s hometown of Kangaroo Valley, which now makes this a visual archive of sorts – of the Valley’s pristine subtropical rainforests and unique bushland – after a 2020 firestorm devastated a large amount of the region.
The Flood will have a limited theatrical release through Madman and FanForce from December 9, with select Q&A events with McIntyre and cast, before being released on disc and digital platforms on January 6, 2021.
Synopsis for The Flood:
Set during WWII this is the story of Jarah’s coming-of-age in a brutal and lawless land – growing from a sweet child to a strong, independent and ferocious woman taking on Australia’s corrupt and bigoted system one bad guy at a time. In the best tradition of the gunslinging outlaw, when the enigmatic Jarah is pushed to the limit she explodes in a fury of retribution. But for a revenge western there is a surprising series of twists and turns that lead us closer to redemption and reconciliation.