From director Tony Ayres and screenwriter Blake Ayshford, Cut Snake is a tense, psychologically driven crime thriller in which one man discovers that biggest obstacle to putting the past behind him may be himself.
Set in Melbourne in the mid-1970s, the film tells the story of Sparra Farrell (Alex Russell), an ex-convict who is trying to make a new life for himself in a new city. He has found honest work and even becomes engaged but the prospect of this new life is challenged when his foreboding and charismatic cell mate Pommie (Sullivan Stapleton) tracks him down upon his own release and tries to reignite the passion they had for one another behind bars. Sparra finds himself enigmatically drawn back toward a world and a man that he was certain he had wanted to leave behind.
The Hollywood Reporter called Cut Snake “a terrific title for this dark, romantic crime thriller” and said that “the sexual tension hangs in the air like storm clouds.” The Los Angeles Times said it’s “feverishly, genre-shakingly different” thanks in large part to Sullivan Stapleton’s “magnetically coiled performance.”