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Down Under is an Australian black comedy drama film set in the aftermath of the 2005 Cronulla riots. It follows the story of two carloads of vengeful, testosterone-charged young hotheads from both sides of the fight, who are destined to collide.[1] It is written and directed by Abe Forsythe [2]

Down Under
Theatrical film poster
Directed byAbe Forsythe
Produced byJodi Matterson
Written byAbe Forsythe
StarringDamon Herriman
Lincoln Younes
Alexander England
Music byPiers Burbrook de Vere
CinematographyLachlan Milne
Edited byDrew Thompson
Release date
11 August 2016 (2016-08-11)
Running time
88 minutes


Plot synopsisEdit

Southern Cross-tattooed Jason (Damon Herriman) is rounding up the troops in the Shire. He recruits Shit-Stick (Alexander England), who works in a DVD store, who has been very unsuccessfully teaching out-of-town cousin Evan (Chris Bunton) to drive, and Ned Kelly obsessive Ditch (Justin Rosniak), whose head is swathed in bandages because of a new tattoo. Shit-Stick's dad, Graham (Marshall Napier), gives him an old rifle brought back from World War I and a left-over grenade, hoping his son will finally make the family proud. Across town at Lakemba, Nick (Rahel Romahn) drags Hassim (Lincoln Younes) away from his studies to join a car heading for the Shire along with devout Muslim Ibrahim (Michael Denkha) and freewheeling rapper D-Mac (Fayssal Bazzi) to join the raid.[3]



Down Under received mixed to positive reviews from critics and audiences, earning a 61% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


Award Category Subject Result
AACTA Awards
Best Original Screenplay Abe Forsythe Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Damon Herriman Nominated
AFCA Award Best Film Jodi Matterson Nominated
CGA Award Best Casting in a Feature Film Kirsty McGregor Won
Stevie Ray Won
Fantastic Fest Best Picture Abe Forsythe Won
Best Director Won


  1. ^ "The first four minutes of this new Aussie film are not easy to watch". Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  2. ^ Buckmaster, Luke (15 June 2016). "Down Under review – gutsy black comedy about Cronulla riots tackles racism head on". Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  3. ^ Maddox, Garry (17 June 2016). "Why Down Under is a must-see comedy about the Cronulla Riots". Retrieved 10 August 2017 – via The Sydney Morning Herald.

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