Sam, Dean and Harry are three naval officers on shore leave in Sydney after six months at sea. Tomorrow morning, they're shipping out for Iraq. Tonight, two of them are making the best of it. One may be making a run for it. And for all three, it'll be a final night of women, poker, family dinners and a dark secret that will change their lives forever. Ewan Leslie, Toby Schmitz and writer/director Matthew Newton star - along with Barry Otto (Strictly Ballroom), Pia Miranda (Garage Days), Heather Mitchell (Proof) and Charles Tingwell (Breaker Morant) - in the award-winning comedy/drama about friendship, bravery, betrayal and redemption that defied the odds to become the most acclaimed Australian independent film of the year.
Brendan Cowell,Ewen Leslie,Tina Bursill,Matthew Newton,Toby Schmitz
Deceptively freewheeling, this taut psychological drama follows three young Australian naval officers on shore-leave who decide to hit the streets of Sydney before being shipped out to Iraq. The dynamic between the three friends is uneasy, and is tinged with malice: Sam (Ewen Leslie) has more than one reason to be looking for a way out; Dean (Toby Schmitz) is anxious to reconnect with his girlfriend and is burdened by guilt; Harry (director and writer Matthew Newton) is full of attitude and bent on a night of excess. The nursery-rhyme line that follows the film's smart title acutely describes the narrative drive of Newton's punchy script, propelled by rapid-fire ease of dialogue, the growing tension between the friends, and the frenetic on-the-town action. The focus shifts from how they run to why they run, when the uncomfortable secret that simultaneously binds and divides them is finally revealed.