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Directed by David Cook

2024 | 84 min | Australia | M

Australia has an exciting new cinematic voice in Indigenous writer, director, actor and producer David Cook, who makes his powerful debut with HEART OF THE MAN, a film as tough and uncompromising as it is emotionally affecting.

HEART OF THE MAN revolves around aspiring boxer Chris Wundurra (Parker Little), who lives under the shadow of his father, Sammy Wundurra (David Cook), a towering one-time champ in the ring. Haunted by the death of his wife and the role he played in her tragic passing, Sammy pushes Chris to take a tilt at a national boxing championship, something he never had a shot at. But when Chris meets Jamie (Tyrel Dulvarie), and falls into the heady orbit of theatre owner Joey (Matt Young), he eventually realises he is destined to walk another road entirely…one which doesn’t involve pain, brutality and violence…and one where Chris can be free from his bullish father’s vice-like grip.

As brutal as it is tender, HEART OF THE MAN showcases a dazzling array of exciting young Australian talent.

“With his quietly striking debut Heart of the Man, writer, director, actor and producer David Cook punches hard and fast with this winningly tough but profoundly sensitive tale of a young man trying to escape the shadow of his legendary boxer father.” —— Erin Free | FILMINK



Sun 21 April 4pm Palace Norton St

Directed by Paul Keith Rye

2023 | 11 | Australia

With the director stuck in traffic, first time stage manager Keith McRay faces a cascade of challenges: a missing actor, a rebellious cast member, an incompetent stage hand and a demanding lead actress.

  • Apr 21, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    Palace Norton St, 99 Norton St, Leichhardt NSW 2040, Australia
    Directed by David Cook 2024 | 84 min + Q&A | Australia | M Screening with short film: PLACES, PLEASE! Directed by Paul Keith Rye | 2023 | 11 | Australia


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