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      Watch the Sunset

      2017 1h 19m Action Crime Drama TRAILER for Watch the Sunset: Trailer 1 List Watch the Sunset: Trailer 1 Watch the Sunset: Trailer 1 1:21 Watch the Sunset: Trailer 1 Watch the Sunset: Trailer 1 1:19 View more videos
      Reviews 71% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings In a single afternoon, a man comes to grips with the power and violence of his past when his estranged family becomes tangled in its web. He seeks a path to redemption and a way to protect the people he cares about as they confront dangerous forces. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Aug 22 Buy Now

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      Andrew F. Peirce The Curb Watch the Sunset is a great feature debut, providing a great announcement of a group of great Australian talent that will no doubt provide immersive, challenging cinema going forward. Apr 4, 2020 Full Review Erin Free FILMINK (Australia) Assured, controlled and gripping in a measured, slow-burn kind of way... Rated: 17/20 Aug 27, 2019 Full Review Blake Howard Graffiti With Punctuation "Watch the Sunset" is an anxiety-inducing single take film that uses its form to amplify the dramatic stakes. Rated: 3/5 Dec 14, 2018 Full Review Alan Ng Film Threat The gimmick of Watch The Sunset succeeds in elevating a standard story of drugs, family, and redemption and rarely feels forced. Rated: 3/5 Sep 13, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Spoilers: Bad boys, bad boys, watcha gonna do? An Aussie ex-con and drug criminal tries to turn it around, save an enslaved woman, reunite with partner and their young daughter. But the rest of the druggie hierarchy won't let him go, kidnap the daughter and lure him back to their lair to recover the girl, but he has to bring back the slave he had freed from the two real bad guys. Of course his lover of the past wants to avoid him, as he's been in prison and all. But she still loves him deep down, shows ambivalence, and makes the mistake of spending time with him again, and her daughter gets kidnaped. The guy does go to bat for his little girl, and as when many get too close to the evil of druggies and murderers, it doesn't end well. Was he too reckless to stay away from the woman and daughter? Or really in love with them and trying to turn around a wasted life, but too myopic to see that being near him might get them harmed or killed. A world where too many haters, killers, druggies are around, seemingly trying to spread their abuse, destruction, evil, hate, insanity to the rest of us. The acting by the main characters is good enough for them to be soft enough to be somewhat likeable, people whose bad decisions put them in dangerous, risky spots, but capable of caring about one another and others. Maybe that sums up a whole lot of us. Well done. Slow enough at the top, though, that I almost bailed before we found out what the story was all about, what the film was getting at. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Can't believe it is 1 take for 1 hour and 18 minutes. Not easy to forget. Real life is scarier than fiction. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member I caught this at BIFF, an amazing film that is achieved with the tiniest budget. Tristan Barr & Chelsea Zeller hold the story together with beautiful performances and the young girl is incredible. It's a technical marvel which will inspire, can't wait to see what is next from these filmmakers. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Watch the Sunset opens with a variety of news footage related to drug related crimes and issues. The film that follows is a one shot eighty minute journey through the town of Kerang, Victoria. Working as the feature film debut for the Jack of all trades team that includes (deep breath) co-director/co-writer/actor/co-producer Tristan Barr, co-director/co-writer/actor/co-producer Michael Godsen, cinematographer/producer Damien Lipp, Watch the Sunset is a powerful, immersive slice of work. The core plot for this redemptive tale has Danny (Tristan Barr) returning to a town he once left to be reunited with his ex-partner Sally (Chelsea Zeller - also holding dual duties as a co-writer) and his daughter. He arrives encumbered with a woman who he has essentially 'stolen' (rescued) from a bikie drug den. Our imaginations are left to fill in the gaps of the terrible things that may have happened to her as she lays in the back seat of the car bruised in her underwear. Before too long, Danny is tracked down by his ex-bikie pals who are keen to seek redemption from Danny's apparent abandonment of them. One shot films can feel a little gimmicky. Russian Ark was a technical achievement that felt empty, whereas Victoria felt exhaustive and tiring with its two hour twenty minute runtime. The team behind Watch the Sunset have implemented the technique of a one shot film to reinforce the themes within the film. While the narrative would still be effective if it were shot as a traditional film, the one shot aspect helps reinforce the quiet, small country town theme that runs throughout Watch the Sunset. Australian cinema is full of crime stories, almost to the point that there is an unconscious tendency to lionise the criminals within the pieces. In the late nineties through to the early 2000's, there was a trend to celebrate the ultra-ocker, uber-blokey crime figures within films like Two Hands, Chopper, and Dirty Deeds. Finally, the Aussie crime genre reached a pinnacle with the Underbelly series, which in turn transformed real life court trials into tabloid fodder. The focus of most of these stories seemed more focused on the thugs and crims themselves than the people affected by the drugs that they willingly push to fund their criminal lifestyle. Watch the Sunset takes the crime genre and directly puts us in the mind space of someone who is recovering from drugs and wanting to create a better life for themselves. There is a conscious effort to humanise those who are stigmatised within media and politics. After the introductory news footage, we spend a few minutes with Danny as he's driving back in to town. This protracted time with Danny allows us to become accustomed to the quiet mood within the town. The streets of which are mostly devoid of life. A playground that Danny's daughter moves through is completely vacant. An early moment with a church choir has the sound sucked out of the scene - these are voiceless people singing a silent song into a dark church. It becomes apparent through this quiet, almost lifeless town, how drug pushing gangs would thrive. Where boredom may breed creativity, it can also foster darker forces who through peer pressure and coercion can find ways to imbed their tendrils and control people. It's at the church choir that we see Sally trying to find her place in a world that she almost doesn't belong in. The other singers appear to be mostly elderly, a sign that many of the younger citizens within the town have long left both religion and the town behind in search of a better life. Sally has long moved on from her drug embellished life in search of a better future for herself and her daughter. No matter how deep the ties with a person or a town may be, it is sometimes necessary to break that connection for the better of ones self, and it's evident that Sally would do anything for her daughter. Mid-song, she notices that Danny has slipped in to come whisk her away, and the memories of a traumatic past immediately come flooding back. Unfortunately for both Sally and Danny, Shane (Aaron Walton) and Russell (Michael Gosden) are on their trail and seeking the retribution that they believe Danny deserves. Shane believes in honour and mateship, and Danny's abandonment and decision to break free of living a drug-related life works in contrast to Shane's world view. He is the hero in his own story and sees no troubles in bringing them back in line, no matter what level of violence and terror that means. Even though we are not given a thorough back story for these characters, through solid performances from the three main leads (Barr, Zeller and Walton) we get a powerful understanding of who they are as individuals. Small touches add a powerful background as to what life in this small country town is like. A scene where Danny and Sally's daughter, Joey (Annabelle Williamson), plays in a playground by herself while her parents argue in a car is given a deeper emotional thread when we see her shooting an imaginary gun against imaginary thugs. We learn about a life a child lives from how they play, and through Joey's play-style we get a grand look at the world she has grown up within. It's sobering and heartbreaking. We immediately want the best for both Sally and Joey, and are purely invested in their fates going forward. If there's a criticism I have with Watch the Sunset, it's a later scene which involves Joey, some impactful violence and drug use. While I respect the choice to showcase violence and drug use within a story, I struggle as a viewer when those scenes include a child. The violence and drug use is never directed at the child herself, however it's hard to not question the need to include her in these scenes. Watch the Sunset is technically a brilliant film - a high-speed shot and the closing sequence stand out as truly impressive moments. (I would be remiss to not mention the great score by Richard Labrooy as well.) However, the film would be lesser if it were simply just a technical achievement, and it's thanks to great directing, acting and writing that it is elevated above its one-shot aspect. Watch the Sunset is a great feature debut, providing a great announcement of a group of great Australian talent that will no doubt provide immersive, challenging cinema going forward. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis In a single afternoon, a man comes to grips with the power and violence of his past when his estranged family becomes tangled in its web. He seeks a path to redemption and a way to protect the people he cares about as they confront dangerous forces.
      Michael Gosden, Tristan Barr
      Chelsea Renee Zeller, Tristan Barr, Michael Gosden
      Production Co
      BarrLipp Films
      Action, Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English (Australia)
      1h 19m
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