Aussie film Passengers to debut at Adelaide Fringe Festival


Passengers, an independently produced feature about an Australian couple living in Los Angeles, is set to make its local debut at the Adelaide Fringe Festival next week.

The film was written and directed by ex-pat Michael Bond and stars Aussies Cameron Daddo and Angie Milliken, as well as Oscar nominee Bruce Davison.

Daddo stars as Tom, an aspiring screen-writer trying to make it in L.A, while Milliken plays his wife Melony, a struggling actress who is gradually losing her mind.

The majority of Passengers takes place within the confines of a car, and follows the disintegration of their marriage during a particularly arduous traffic jam.

It’s an intriguing concept; one that reminds us of Rodrigo Cortes’ Buried, in which Ryan Reynolds spends the entire film in a coffin. Of course, Passengers is less a thriller and more a drama, but you get the idea.

Passengers played at the Mill Valley Film Festival in the U.S. last October. Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan described it as “compulsive viewing” while actress Gena Rowlands called the film “eloquently directed”.

Australians eager to check the film out can catch it at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, which kicks off this Friday. Passengers will screen at Nova Cinema on the 24th of February and Palace Nova EastEnd Cinema on the 26th of February. Bond and Daddo will hold a Q&A after both screenings. You can purchase tickets here.

For more information, check out the official Passengers website here.

Discuss: What is your favourite movie to take place in a single location? Phone Booth and Wait Until Dark are two of my favourites (even if they don’t entirely fit that description).

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