Hearts and Bones

Directed by Ben Lawrence
107 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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In Ben Lawrence’s beautifully acted debut feature, a war photographer (Hugo Weaving) and a refugee (Andrew Luri) discover a photograph that threatens to destroy them both.

Daniel Fisher (Weaving) returns home, and despite his partner's protests, prepares for his next dangerous overseas assignment. At the same time, he is preparing for an upcoming retrospective exhibition of his work from the world's war zones. South Sudanese refugee, Sebastian Aman (Luri) has built a life in Australia, living happily with his wife and young child. When he learns that Daniel's exhibition may display photographs of a massacre in Sebastian's village 15 years earlier, he finds Daniel and appeals to him to exclude those photographs. An unlikely friendship develops between the two men, but it is severely tested when Daniel makes a shocking discovery. Hearts and Bones centres around the relationship of these two men, from very different backgrounds, who bond over their shared trauma. Andrew Luri, who has never acted before and was driving a garbage truck when he auditioned for the role, and Hugo Weaving both brilliantly convey the intricate relationship between the men. With these two powerful performances at its centre, Ben Lawrence has made an intelligent, morally complex and deeply moving film.

Vivid Ideas and SFF Present- Meet the Filmmaker: Ben Lawrence - Sunday 16 June, 11.30am

Flexipasses are not valid for Back by Popular Demand sessions Monday 17 June to Wednesday 19 June.

Special Guest

Ben Lawrence
and members of the film team
Ben Lawrence is an internationally award-winning director and photographer. His short films have screened at Edinburgh, Clermont-Ferrand, Los Angeles, San Gio and Sao Paulo film festivals. In 2018, his critically acclaimed debut feature documentary Ghosthunter screened at multiple festivals around the world and won the Documentary Australia Foundation Award at SFF.


Sat 15 June
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Sun 16 June
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Mon 17 June
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Official Competition, Festival Hits, Selling Fast, Festival Guests, Back By Popular Demand
Original Title
Hearts and Bones
Unclassified 15+
In English
Ben Lawrence
Matt Reeder
Hugo Weaving, Andrew Luri, Hayley McElhinney, Bolude Watson
Ben Lawrence, Beatrix Christian
Hugh Miller
Philip Horn
World Premiere
World Premiere, Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Africa, Arts, Australian Films
Company Credits
Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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