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CR: IFC Films
A mother, Kay, (Emily Mortimer) and her adult daughter, Sam, (Bella Hancock) go to visit Kay’s mother, Edna (Robyn Nevin) who they think is not going well. However, things are… so creepy. It’s dark, the house seems to change around them, it’s all very confusing. And scary.
I loved this. I’m not a horror lover, but there was this dark, gothic beauty to this. The location was amazing, like somewhere in the Dandenongs. Large gums, that stunning, cold blue light, darkness over darkness. Gorgeous. And probably a bit too scary for me, but still…
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Joe Cashin (Jon Haney) is a cop who has returned to the rural seaside town of his youth to recooperate from an injury caused through his work. An old man in the neighbouring region is killed and he ends up on the scene, although then it is taken over by a nasty piece of work cop, Hopgood (Anthony Hayes). Regardless of the conclusions that Hopgood is making, Cashin continues with his own investigation and discovers a much deeper and more sinister story.
I read the book by Peter Temple a few years ago and quite enjoyed it (if enjoy is the correct word for this type of graphic, violent and troubling book), although I seem to recall finding it a bit dense at times, leaving me to really use my brain to put it all together. The television interpretation is excellent, taking the essence of the characters, most particularly Cashin, and bringing the story together leaving far less confusion. It’s not that it was dumbed down at all; it was actually extremely true to the book. Rather, it was that getting all the information presented to you over about ninety minutes in one sitting worked better for me that the several days or possibly even weeks it took me to read the book.