SIAM SUNSET

Australia, 1999 (MIFF 1999, Fiction)

Director: John Polson

Linus Roache (Father Greg from Priest, MIFF 1995) plays Perry, a successful British design executive for a paint company. His seemingly perfect life is marred, though, by disaster—we're talking big-time, fridge-freezer falling from a plane and flattening his wife disaster! In despera­tion, he travels to remote Australia in an obsessive quest to find an imagined paint colour called Siam Sunset. Haunted by extreme natural disasters—which seem to follow him everywhere—he meets Grace (Danielle Cormack), who's just stolen loot belonging to her drug-dealing boyfriend, Martin (Ian Bliss). Both troubled in their own ways, Perry and Grace decide to give life, and maybe love, another chance. But will the universe let them?

As evident in its selection for Critics Week at Cannes this year, Siam Sunset is set to shine through as a dan­gerously funny romantic adventure. Injecting a sizeable dose of biting black humour into the desert road movie genre, Siam Sunset is original and memorable.


See also...

Above the Dust Level

Urban living at its worst—allergies, diseases, missing Y-fronts—and of course, finding the dust level. ... More »

Bangers

Julie-Anne comes home from a hard day at the office to discover her mother has locked the cat in the house all day (again) and that she is expected to cook 'bangers" for dinner. Preparing Ihe meal bec... More »

Saturday Night, Sunday Morning

Melanie, who has a strained relationship with her father, is about to go off to a school dance. Perry, Elvis and Willy are on the run in a stolen Jaguar. The fateful encounter between these characters... More »

Return Trip

Anything can (and often does) happen on public transport. This film, as if in memory of Melbourne's much loved tram conductors, follows a group of passengers as they face a rare opportunity to deal wi... More »

The Director

With the film industry dominated by commercialism, the art of cinema seems doomed forever. But Jack's a director on a mission. Just pray to God his next location isn't near you. The heist film is give... More »

Inheritance

Reuben, an Jewish-Australian child, learns about the Holocaust—but he takes it on board in a way his parents didn't quile expect. A well-crafted short, which provides some interesting juxtapositions, ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director