>Trailer Debut: Mad Bastards

>The trailer for Mad Bastards – the next Aussie film set to make a splash at Sundance – has debuted online.

Brendan Fletcher’s debut feature was selected for the World Cinema Dramatic competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival; the same category that Animal Kingdom won back in January of 2010.

Here’s the official plot synopsis:

TJ is a hard-edged Aboriginal man who’s sick of scraping out an existence in the city. He travels to the tiny frontier town of Five Rivers in search of his son. Upon his arrival, TJ is confronted by the equally tough local cop Texas … and so begins a story about hard men battling to do the right thing by their family.

The movie is steeped in the distinctive music of the Pigram Brothers in collaboration with multi-ARIA Award winner Alex Lloyd. Their lilting ukulele and mandolin melodies weave like a dream through the central story.

REAL PEOPLE with no acting experience play the lead roles. This brings a tremendous intimacy and freshness to the movie. Developed in close collaboration over many years with director Brendan Fletcher, the actors play characters based on their own lives. The stories are etched on their faces.

Check out the trailer and share your thoughts below!

Before Mad Bastards heads to Park City, it will (unusually) make its world premiere at a Sydney Festival special event on the 18th of January. It arrives in Australian cinemas May 2011.

Discuss: Does Mad Bastards look to have the potential to reach the same level of success as Animal Kingdom did?

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