The last twelve months have given us a lot of solid horror movies. A couple of scenes from Hereditary are still very much fuel for my nightmares. Some haven’t even been able to speak at a normal volume ever since A Quiet Place, and don’t even get us started on Bird Box.
But despite all of that, none of these movies were too full-on for the Australian government, who deemed the upcoming Reflections In The Dust too extreme to be committed to film and took measures to stop it from being made.
Long story short, 23-year-old film director Luke Sullivan flipped the bird and now here’s the trailer:
Plot leaks on the internet have been sparse, but here’s what we know.
It follows an apocalyptic event which leaves a young blind girl struggling to survive with her father, a paranoid schizophrenic clown.
The movie is said to deftly handle issues of toxic masculinity, domestic violence and other real-life issues that somehow are more fucked up than a psychotic clown.
Film festivals that screened the movie have apparently had to warn audiences that it may be too extreme for some viewers. This includes the crowds at the cinephile-approved Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and the 22nd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (POFF), where, despite the warning, Sullivan and the film’s lead actress/activist Sarah Houbolt received high praise for telling the story.
The government clearly didn’t want the film to reach us. Too bad for ScoMo, Reflections In The Dust has managed to acquire a national cinema release through The Backlot Films so that we can see for ourselves why.
So, if you’re feeling a little masochistic, Reflections In The Dust hits cinemas on March 7, 2019.
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