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WICKHAM PARK PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Drama - Development 2016

A married couple move to Australia with their daughter, seeking a fresh start after a family tragedy. Each finds solace in the wrong places and the events of one summer will drive them further apart before they find their way back to each other. A story of guilt, blame, love, betrayal and family.

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • AUSTRALIA, UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Duration
    • 120 mn
    • Writer(s)
    • Rachael S. MORGAN
    • Producer(s)
    • Rebecca DAKIN (WICKHAM PARK PRODUCTIONS)
    • Synopsis
    • North Queensland, 1983. It’s been fifteen years since Robert has been home to Australia. When he returns it’s with an English wife, Kate, an eleven-year-old daughter, Becky, and they are mourning the loss of their son, six months prior.

      The move is an attempt at healing, of moving forward, and they move into a house on the same street as Robert’s long-estranged older brother. A close-knit neighbourhood, it’s typical of the early eighties in Australia – parties, sultry heat, blurred lines, and suburban sexual politics. They immerse themselves in their new life, but here everything is different – including Robert and Kate, and even Becky. It’s not long before the cracks start to appear and one night they each make decisions there’s no coming back from.

      When Kate has a drunken sexual encounter with Robert’s brother, Brad, Becky and Brad’s son secretly witness the encounter. The same night, unbeknown to anyone, Robert is seduced by a neighbour’s seventeen-year-old daughter. Becky is pressured into silence by her cousin, but when the neighbour’s daughter is found dead in the swimming pool the next morning, initially believed drowned, things become even more complex.

      Robert confesses his transgression with the 17 year old neighbour to Kate, worried he could be found out and implicated in the girl’s death, his innocence not withstanding. Despite her own indiscretion, Kate’s reaction is one of righteous betrayal. Nevertheless, they close ranks and keep the secret – forced instead to face their own flaws. They have no choice but to examine their marriage, their inability to connect, and their feelings of guilt and blame over their son’s death.

      Meanwhile, Becky’s loyalties are split. She is not only trying to make sense of her parent’s behaviour and is fearful of revealing her mother’s secret, but is undergoing her own pubescent awakening – observing and influenced by the complexities of adult sexual politics and relationships.

      When Robert is finally implicated, the close-knit community is torn apart and so is the family. He eventually manages to prove his innocence, and leads police to the person responsible, but not before old family resentments rise up. The situation reaches boiling point when Becky reveals the truth about her mother, brothers clash, and the person truly responsible for the girl’s death retaliates. In the end, every one of them needs to somehow reach a place of honesty and forgiveness if they are going to keep their family together.
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