Rise Tuesday, 07 July 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Ride the wave.

  • Starring:

    Nathan Wilson, Martin Sacks, Marty Rhone, Erin Connor, Vincent B. Gorce, Andy Sparnon, Linda Millar, Mack Lindon, James Kearney, Jason Muller, Anthony Miller, Ashley Pardey, Liz Cantor

  • Directed by:

    Mack Lindon

  • Running time:

    104 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)


    People are stabbed, punched, handcuffed, headbutted, kicked, beaten, shoved, tackled. Sparring, brawling. Armed robbery, bribery, arguing. Throat-slitting gesture. Rape, matricide, eating ear, murder (hit job), suicide mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody necks, arms, clothing, faces. CPR, tattooing performed.


    Kissing, crotch-grabbing. Nude male (rear view), shirtless men, man in shower. Posters/tattoos of bikini-clad/near-nude women. Skimpy clothing, beachwear, club wear. Having sex, one-night stand mentioned.


    Bags of white pills (contraband)/boxes of prescription drugs seen. Alcohol (beer, spirits, champagne). Bar, club settings. Smoking (cigar, cigarettes). Morphine, selling drugs, smack, e's, wizz, juice, drink spiking, codeine, smoking crack mentioned.


    F-words, s-words, b*tch, bloody. Slang for genitals and bodily fluids. Name-calling. Derogatory term for women, derogatory reference to homosexuals. Obscene finger gestures. Religious references and exclamations.


    Justice, wrongful conviction, incarceration, innocence, faith, hope, forgiveness, unlikely friendships, biography, mother-son relationships, nursing, surfing, baptism, freedom, painting, toxicology.


    Courtroom, prison, bar, club, hospital settings. Pigeons, dogs, horses, crocodile, snake, mouse. Meat cooking, lightning, thunder, full moon. Toilet, urination, drool. Based on a true story. Post-credits scene.


    Emotional, dramatic, tense, striking, compelling, real, uncomfortable. Standout performance from Martin Sacks, complex characterisation from Nathan Wiilson, haunting/heart-wrenching/brave performance from Marty Rhone, veracious prison setting, stranger-than-fiction story, committed cast and crew, made with genuine sense of enthusiasm/passion/integrity.


    Naive, one-sided. Occasionally uneven, weak courtroom scene, underdeveloped screenplay, curious pre-credits montage.

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