Newcastle
Filmfest 2008

17-year-old Jesse lives in Newcastle, the center of Australia's booming coal industry and home to some of the country's most beautiful surfing beaches. The stark contrast of these surroundings encapsulates Jesse's choices in life: will he become the champion surfer his older brother Victor failed to be, or will he follow in Victor's footsteps toward bitterness and self-destruction? As Jesse grapples with his own self-sabotaging tendencies, his twin brother Fergus struggles with his own sexuality while trying to fit in with Jesse's surfing crowd, and Victor strives to overcome rage over his failed dreams. When Jesse and Fergus decide to sneak away for a weekend to camp out and surf with a group of friends, they set off a chain of events that could change their lives forever. After Victor unexpectedly arrives on the scene, new relationships are formed, friendships are altered, and the brothers may never be the same again. An impressive feature debut, combining the ravishing elements of surfing movies with a compelling family drama. David Kwok, Tribeca Film Festival

tags: Feature film

Cast: Lachlan Buchanan, Reshad Strik, Xavier Samuel, Shane Jacobssen

Credits

Director: Dan Castle