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He Ain't Heavy

Directed by David Vincent Smith
102 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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Leila George stars, alongside her mother Greta Scacchi, as a young woman so determined to save her drug-addicted brother that she locks him in a room to get clean. World Premiere.

Jade (George) has never been able to travel overseas. She’s too worried about her meth-addicted brother Max (Sam Corlett, Vikings: Valhalla), always on call to take him to hospital or provide first aid after he’s self-harmed. In desperation, she finally confines Max in a room inside the rural house left by their grandmother. But then Jade’s mother (Scacchi) arrives, and she’s appalled that her son is caged like an animal. What follows is a tense, superbly acted chamber drama. Shot in Western Australia, He Ain’t Heavy marks an impressive debut from David Vincent Smith, based on his short I’m Not Hurting You (SFF 2019).

Special guests include director and writer David Vincent Smith, as well as cast members Sam Corlett and Greta Scacchi.

Images: David Dare Parker

Limited seats are available for patrons requiring access for wheelchairs, low vision and hearing loop. Please contact our ticketing team directly on 1300 733 733 or tickets@sff.org.au to complete your booking.

Special Guests

David Vincent Smith
Director, Screenwriter
David Vincent Smith is an Australian award-winning filmmaker. He was a recipient of the Screenwest Feature Navigator Program, and received directorial training from acclaimed tutor Judith Weston in Los Angeles. Smith has also directed music videos for the Western Australian Museum as part of Perth International Art Festival.
Greta Scacchi
Greta Scacchi has worked extensively across theatre, film, and television, receiving numerous acting awards, including an Emmy award for her portrayal of Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna of Russia in HBO's Rasputin. Greta has also received Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild nominations with television credits including Versailles, Poirot, and Miss Marple and film credits ranging from Run Rabbit Run to Looking for Alibrandi.
Sam Corlett
Sam Corlett is an Australian actor and graduate of Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts. Corlett has appeared in several high profile television series and Australian feature films, including Robert Connelly's The Dry alongside Eric Bana, the popular Netflix series Vikings: Valhalla where we played the lead role of Leif Eriksson, and was also cast in the final two seasons of Netflix original television series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.


Fri 14 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 3
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Sat 15 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 2
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Unclassified 18+
In English
David Vincent Smith
Jess Parker
Leila George, Sam Corlett, Greta Scacchi
David Vincent Smith
Lewis Potts
Antony Webb
World Premiere
Australian Films, Crime, World Premieres
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Bonsai Films
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