Neil Armfield (2005)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Heath Ledger returned to his Australian homeland to star in this uncompromising but moving tale of drug addiction. Ledger plays a heroin addict and would-be poet who falls head over heels for a young artist (Somersault's Abbie Cornish). Pretty soon she has taken up the needle herself and is turning tricks to feed their habit. But the couple's increasingly desperate lifestyle eventually begins to put an impossible strain on their relationship. Like the very best films about addiction (Trainspotting, Requiem for a Dream), this doesn't moralise about the rights and wrongs of heroin, which makes the couple's disintegration even more painful. Neil Armfield's direction is sympathetically low-key and the cold turkey scenes are truly harrowing. Armfield also draws superb performances from the leads, although it's Geoffrey Rush who almost steals the show as a university academic and fellow substance abuser.


A would-be poet draws his art student lover into his use of heroin until their shared addiction comes to dominate their lives and relationship. Eventually, when the girlfriend has to resort to prostitution to feed their habit, the couple realise desperate measures are called for to break the cycle of self-destruction. Drama, starring Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish and Geoffrey Rush.

Cast & Crew

Dan Heath Ledger
Candy Abbie Cornish
Casper Geoffrey Rush
Mr Wyatt Tony Martin (2)
Mrs Wyatt Noni Hazlehurst
Schumann Tom Budge
Jorge Roberto Meza Mont
Sunglasses shop assistant Holly Austin
Washing machine dealer Craig Moraghan
Hock shop man John Lee (3)
Director Neil Armfield
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ICA FilmsGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse and nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 3 Nov 2006