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Australia (MIFF 2011 , Australian Showcase)
Director: Craig Lahiff
A woman, two men and a suitcase of money – a lot can happen in the middle of nowhere.
Pulsing with menace, writer-director Craig Lahiff’s Swerve reorients the noir tradition, setting it within the quiet menace of the South Australian outback.
Driving cross-country to a job interview, Colin (David Lyons) opts for a shortcut and happens across a fatal car accident. One of the drivers (Emma Booth) is shaken but not hurt, while the other lies dead – leaving a briefcase full of money without an owner. Despite his best intentions, Colin quickly finds himself drawn into a deadly game of survival, where no one is quite what they seem.
An accomplished Australian detour into genre filmmaking, this tightly paced thriller features a cast packed with top-tier local talent, including Jason Clarke, Travis McMahon and Vince Colosimo.
Craig Lahiff is a guest of the Festival.