Writer/director Brendan Fletcher debut feature film Mad Bastards is set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The Australian film follows the story of “TJ’s quest to find the son he’s never known.” The journey takes him “across the remote and stunning Kimberley landscape.” Here is the official plot synopsis:
TJ is a mad bastard, and his estranged 13-year-old son Bullet is on the fast track to becoming one, too. After being turned away from his mother’s house, TJ sets off across the country to the Kimberly region of northwestern Australia to make things right with his son. Grandpa Tex has lived a tough life, and now, as a local cop, he wants to change things for the men in his community. Crosscutting between three generations, Mad Bastards is a raw look at the journey to becoming a man and the personal transformation one must make. Developed with local Aboriginal communities and fueled by a local cast, Mad Bastards draws from the rich tradition of storytelling inherent in Indigenous life. Using music from legendary Broome musicians the Pigram Brothers, writer/director Brendan Fletcher poetically fuses the harsh realities of violence, healing, and family.
The movie stars Dean Daley-Jones, Greg Tait, Lucas Yeeda, Ngaire Pigram, John Watson, and Douglas Macale. It’s a great title, and the movie looks like it could be a contender in the World Cinema Dramatic competition. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump, along with some production photos. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.