Magazine article Screen International

Swerve

Magazine article Screen International

Swerve

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Dir/Scr: Craig Lahiff. Australia. 2011. 87mins

A stylish, self-confident genre flick, Swerve hits the ground running with a spectacular car crash, some large explosions, a near-miss by a speeding train and a dead drug-runner's suitcase full of $100 bills. Whereas other similarly budgeted Aussie movies with loftier concerns get local releases, this nifty, straight-up thriller, which premiered at the Melbourne Film Festival, is still looking for a local distributor. Interntional sales by Moviehouse Entertainment have already begun.

Lahiff's careful close-ups and camera placements are backed by David Foreman's elegant widescreen cinematography.

Director/writer Craig Lahiff has done constrained, serious-minded work in the past: Black And White (2002) concerned real-life 1950s racism. Here he lets rip with some Hitchcockian style on a smartly told bent-cops-and-sexy-robbers caper set in the remote backblocks.

Our hero Colin (David Lyons) is on his way to a job interview in Broken Hill when an unexpected swerve, a fatal collision and Jina (Emma Booth), a smouldering blonde in distress, lead him --and the McGuffin suitcase -- to the small oasis township of Neverest. Here he encounters, among other suspicious locals, strapping cop Frank (Jason Clarke), ex-army, psychotic and sexually deviant; and Charlie (Travis McMahon), a truly vicious villain. …

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