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HORSEMAN, THE

SYNOPSIS:
After Christian's (Peter Marshall) teenage daughter is found dead in an inner city alley, he receives a porn video featuring his obviously drugged daughter. Incensed, Christian takes his pest control van on the road to track down those responsible. Along the way, he picks up a teenage hitchhiker, Alice (Caroline Mahorasy), and the two strangers find a genuine friendship growing between them. But the surviving members of the porn gang catch up with them.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
A riveting revenge thriller, this debut by Steven Kastrissios seems certain to set him on a career path similar to one started by Greg McLean after his debut, Wolf Creek, as a calling card to attract international attention.

(It already has ...) It's a high impact, well crafted film that pushes the boundaries in every direction. Notable for its intensity, the screenplay stays simple - and brutal. The fight scenes are among the most realistic and harrowing fight scenes I've seen, thanks to veteran stunt co-ordinator Chris Anderson using tried and true methods from the old school.

All the performances are outstanding; Peter Marshall makes the revenge seeking, grief stricken Christian act in an un-Christian fashion, not turning the other cheek but smashing another one in. Caroline Marohasy makes a terrific debut as the instantly likeable Alice, whose vulnerability and openness are conveyed with ease.

The screenplay juxtaposes brutal violence with this sweet and gentle friendship theme, giving the film lots of texture as it moves back and forth in time. It also softens Christian's character. The non-linear structure works exceptionally well, revealing in small parcels of information the entirety of the story.

Along the way we also realise that Christian is separated or divorced, that Alice has a secret and that the porn ring has a wide range of customers - and collaborators.

The cinematography and editing - so crucial in thrillers - are both top notch, and the film's ever increasing tension makes it an intense viewing experience.
Published first in the Sun-Herald

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TRAILER
STEVEN KASTRISSIOS writes about his debut feature

HORSEMAN, THE (R)
(Aust, 2008)

CAST: Peter Marshall, Caroline Marohasy, Brad McMurray, Jack Henry, Evert McQueen, Christopher Sommers, Bryan Proberts

PRODUCER: Steven Kastrissios, Rebecca Dakin

DIRECTOR: Steven Kastrissios

SCRIPT: Steven Kastrissios

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Mark Broadbent

EDITOR: Steven Kastrissios

MUSIC: Ryan Potter

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Amanda Broomhall

RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Umbrella Ent

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: Sydney & Brisbane: July 8, 2010







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