OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018
West of Sunshine
DIRECTOR : Jason Raftopoulos
COUNTRY : Australia
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 80min
Nu Metro 4, 14 Oct @ 10am | SK Nouveau 4, 18 Oct @ 8.30pm
Separated from his family and caught in a cycle of gambling and debt, Jim has less than a day to repay a violent loan shark. His day is turned upside down when he must look after his young son who is on school holidays.
Jim’s relationship with his son is tested as his plans to pay back the loan fail. When his last desperate effort to repay the debt puts his son’s life at risk, he must make a choice between his past and a second chance at life.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Jason’s obsession with cinema started when he shot his first images with a 8mm camera on a trip to Greece as a nine-year-old. Storytelling, images and sound soon became his language of choice. He lived in New York working in theatre for over ten years before going to film school. His short films have screened in Australia and internationally. His documentary From Dope to Dali Lama won the IF Award for Best Short Documentary, his final university film Father’s Day won Best Film and Best Screenplay.
Jason’s films explore themes of love, identity, relationships, loss and redemption. West of Sunshine is his first feature film.