Paul China (2011)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Claustrophobic heat and brooding terror are effectively evoked in this homage to film noir, Alfred Hitchcock and the Coen brothers. In a rural Australian town, a seedy bar owner (Paul Holmes) hires a Croatian hitman (George Shevtsov) to murder a local garage owner after a business deal goes bad, but the simple plan backfires and an innocent waitress is taken hostage in the confusion. It's a slow-burning exercise in tightly wound tension, crafted with a dark nuance and graceful skill, atmospheric lighting and fluid camerawork. The employment of long periods of silence also ramps up the suspense in this modest thriller as it builds towards a nail-biting climax. While it virtually devolves into a two-hander, writer/director Paul China could not have been better served by leads Shevtsov and Georgina Haig, the latter playing a character called Marilyn Burns in a nod to the heroine of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre.


A bar owner hires a Croatian hitman to kill someone who owes him money. While the murder goes off without a hitch, an attempt at a double cross goes awry, and a waitress who was in the wrong place at the wrong time finds herself a hostage in her own home, desperately trying to avoid becoming the next victim. Thriller, starring Georgina Haig and George Shevtsov.

Cast & Crew

Marilyn Burns Georgina Haig
The Stranger George Shevtsov
Slim Walding Paul Holmes
Holly Lauren Dillon
Eileen Lynda Stoner
Travis Andy Barclay
Gus Summers William Garvey
Annie Catherine Miller
Rusty Bob Newman
Sergeant Byrd Paul Bryant
Director Paul China
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ArrowGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and drug abuse.Available on: DVDReleased on: 22 Feb 2013