Ray Lawrence (2006)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Having made just three movies in over 20 years, Lantana director Ray Lawrence isn't exactly prolific, but this drama confirms his status as one of Australia's finest film-makers. Based on a Raymond Carver short story that also inspired one of the plotlines in Robert Altman's Short Cuts, the film tells the tale of a group of anglers, led by Gabriel Byrne, who discover a dead Aboriginal woman floating in a river. Instead of reporting it immediately, they decide to wait until the end of the fishing trip to report their gruesome find. When word of their actions leaks out, the men find themselves ostracised by the town, the local indigenous community and, more specifically, Byrne's troubled wife Laura Linney. As with the award-winning Lantana, Lawrence elicits superb performances from the excellent ensemble cast. Although a subplot regarding the serial killer who murdered the unfortunate woman is less convincing, this is still a thoughtful, affecting study of modern-day morality, and the rugged Australian outback has rarely looked so chilly.


Four men on a fishing trip discover the body of a murdered Aboriginal girl, but decide not to contact the police until after returning home days later. However, when the news breaks in their small town, they are ostracised by the community, and one of their wives becomes obsessed with making amends. Drama, starring Gabriel Byrne and Laura Linney.

Cast & Crew

Claire Kane Laura Linney
Stewart Kane Gabriel Byrne
Jude Deborra-Lee Furness
Carl John Howard (2)
Carmel Leah Purcell
Rocco Stelios Yiakmis
Elissa Alice Garner
Billy Simon Stone
Caylin-Calandria Eva Lazzaro
Tom Sean Rees-Wemyss
Vanessa Betty Lucas
Director Ray Lawrence
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Revolver EntertainmentGuidance: Contains swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 25 May 2007