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The Rescue

Directed by E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin
114 minutes
All Ages
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The edge-of-the-seat, headline-grabbing story of the international efforts to rescue a Thai youth soccer team from a flooded cave, from the Oscar-winning directors of Free Solo.
June 2018, Northern Thailand. Twelve boys and their coach are trapped by rising waters in the vast Tham Luang cave system. A specialist team, including British cave divers Rick Stanton and John Volanthen, is hastily assembled. It seems like a lost cause, but after navigating kilometres of convoluted passageways, the UK duo finally locate the missing soccer players. But how to rescue them? Australian anaesthetist and cave diver Richard Harris (2019 Australian of the Year) is called on to help. Filmmakers Vasarhelyi and Chin piece together this remarkable story using original footage, interviews with rescuers, dramatic re-enactments and computer graphics. A rollercoaster of emotions and thrills, The Rescue (2021 TIFF People’s Choice Award) is a fitting tribute to the courage and endurance of all involved.
A stunning documentary of bone-deep moral resonance and cinematic mastery that deserves to be experienced on the big screen.
Tomris Laffly, Variety
The Rescue keeps you on the edge of your seat for every minute, even if you already know the outcome.
Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter


Sun 7 Nov
Palace Chauvel Cinema
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Sat 13 Nov
Hayden Orpheum Cremorne 5
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Program Strand
International Documentaries
All Ages
In English and Thai with English subtitles
E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin
P.J. van Sandwijk, John Battsek, E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin
David Katznelson, Picha Srisansanee, Ian Seabrook
Bob Eisenhardt
Documentary, Asia
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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