Hearts and Bones

Directed by Ben Lawrence
2019
Australia
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

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.

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Sat 15 June
6:45pm
State Theatre
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Sun 16 June
9:30am
Selling Fast State Theatre
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Program Strand
Official Competition, Festival Hits, Selling Fast, Festival Guests
Original Title
Hearts and Bones
Year
2019
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Australia
Language
In English
Director
Ben Lawrence
Producer
Matt Reeder
Cast
Hugo Weaving, Andrew Luri, Hayley McElhinney, Bolude Watson
Screenwriter
Ben Lawrence, Beatrix Christian
Cinematographer
Hugh Miller
Editor
Philip Horn
Premiere
World Premiere
Genre
World Premiere, Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Africa, Arts, Australian Films
Company Credits
Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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