A taut thriller with a brilliantly executed queer bent, Downriver will leave you breathless.
Eighteen-year old James (Reef Ireland) has just been released from juvenile detention after serving time for his involvement in the suspected drowning of a young boy in a river years earlier. Ravaged with uncertainty, dealing with an estranged family and forced to face the dead boy’s mother, James is set upon a journey of self discovery, shocking revelations and danger as questions surrounding the boy’s death brim to the surface.
Complicating matters further, James also becomes embroiled in a love triangle between himself, Anthony (Thom Green) and the vacationing Damien (Charles Grounds). Old friendships are questioned, family ties are tested and lives are put on the line as James struggles to find his path toward the truth, a path that will lead him… downriver.
Thom Green and lead actress Kerry Fox took home Best Actor and Best Actress awards at the 10th annual Iris Prize for their roles in this compelling and eerie murder mystery from first time feature filmmaker Grant Scicluna. Downriver was also an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, FilmOut San Diego and the The Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival.
Take a look at the trailer below and then skip on over to Dekkoo to watch the full film.
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Thanks for this thoughtful review. Every now and then I go picking at the scab of online reviews of the film, and it’s always nice to find that a) people have found the film and watched it, and b) taken the time to thoughtfully write about it. I appreciate it.