“The Square” from Down Under; Free Screening

Philadelphia is gearing up for it’s annual film festival and this weekend, April 9-11, there will be special preview screenings of some of the films that will be showing at the festival.

One of these pictures is The Square from Australian filmmaker Nash Edgerton. Here’s a synopsis:

A stylish, twist-filled film noir, THE SQUARE centers on an adulterous couple whose scheming leads to arson, blackmail and murder. THE SQUARE is the first feature from Australian stuntman-turned-director Nash Edgerton and his brother Joel who co-wrote and stars in the film.

Escaping the monotony of a loveless marriage, Raymond Yale becomes entangled in an affair with the beautiful and troubled Carla. Ray’s moral limits are tested when Carla presents him with the proceeds of her controlling husband’s latest crime. This is their chance: Take the money and run… If only it were that simple.

The seed is planted and Ray, fearing he will lose his love, engineers the plan. Hiring the professional arsonist Billy becomes a fatal error, and the plan goes horribly wrong. Alarm bells sound and suspicions are raised but, miraculously, the dust looks to settle. After all… Nobody knows.

Then the first blackmail note arrives.

The couple’s nerves are tested as both Carla’s husband and the mystery author threaten to throw open their secret… With the blackmailer’s deadline approaching, they are going to find out just how far they are willing to go for love.

Also a trailer:


And the best thing? You can see the movie for FREE on April 9th at 9:45 p.m. at the Prince Music Theater while tickets last by going to www.filmadelphia.org. Afterwards there will be a Q&A with director Nash Edgerton.

Super geeks will recognize Joel Edgerton (the director’s brother as well as supporting actor and writer) as the young Owen Lars from the Star Wars prequels. Let’s not hold that against him too much, it wasn’t his fault.

From what I know about the Australian film business, a lot of their talent (Sam Worthington, the guys who did Saw) end up coming to the US to lend their skills to our productions, thus stunting the Australian industry. Let’s show some love for The Square and hope that the Edgerton brothers make more films and that the Australian industry has its day.


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