Sundance 2011: ‘Mad Bastards’ Trailer

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.
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I wonder if they’ll film it on Duke’s campus. Gasp. The last time Tom Wolfe, the dainty literary dandy, had one of his novels adapted to the big screen it proved disastrous (1987’s The Bonfire of the Vanities), but THR reports that video director (U2, Avril Lavigne) Liz Friedlander will helm I Am Charlotte Simmons, Wolfe’s “shocking” depiction on the American college experience. Released in 2005, Simmons plunges the titular, naive “country girl” into the shark-infested waters of fictional Dupont University, where she’s quickly schooled in the ways of promiscuous sex, rich kids and Duke-esque vapidity.

Friedlander’s feature work is limited to the 2006 Antonio Banderas dance-off Take the Lead, so who knows how the film will play out. Wolfe’s novel was humorously and notoriously panned, one of those works that can wreck an otherwise respectable and showoff-y book collection. The horror! Screenwriter John Watson (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) will adapt and produce. This has the potential to be the Any Given Sunday of college films more so than The Rules of Attraction, and hopefully Wolfe cameos as a white-clad dean or distinguished white-clad professor.

Discuss: What young actress should play the corrupted country bumpkin Charlotte Simmons? What’s the most accurate depiction of your college years on film?