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Hanna (Julia Garner) is backpacking across Australia with her best friend Liv (Jessica Henwick). Running low on funds, they decide that a job tending bar in an Outback mining town might be a lark — the job comes with free lodging, after all, and not a little booze. The owner, Billy (Hugo Weaving) does his best to keep the rowdy regulars in order, but then again he’s always drunk himself. Beer culture in a place like this is always going to be a wild ride, but the young women have no idea just how quickly the bottom can drop out of their world. This deeply unsettling film is inspired by a true story — or, more accurately, many true stories. Director and co-writer Kitty Green comes from a documentary background and just as she did with her acclaimed 2019 #MeToo drama The Assistant (also with Julia Garner), Green exactingly grounds the material in the real world. But that’s not to say this cautionary tale is anything less than gripping. Expect a vertiginous decline in Australian tourism.

A masterfully constructed pressure cooker about the perils of being a woman… Few movies have ever so palpably or intricately conveyed the violent pall of male attention.
David Ehrlich, Indiewire


Kitty Green


Jessica Henwick, Julia Garner, Hugo Weaving, Bree Bain, Toby Wallace

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Content Warning

Sexual Violence


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91 min
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Executive Producer

Simon Gillis


Emile Sherman, Liz Watts, Iain Canning, Kath Shelper


Kitty Green, Oscar Redding


Michael Latham


Kasra Rassoulzadegan

Production Design

Leah Popple

Original Music

Jed Palmer


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Kitty Green

Kitty Green was born in Melbourne. Her works include the documentaries Ukraine is Not a Brothel (2013) and Casting JonBenet (2017), as well as the narrative feature The Assistant (2019).

Filmography: Ukraine is Not a Brothel (2013); Casting JonBenet (2017); The Assistant (2019)

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