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TRUE NORTH (2006)

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* "Morally resonant, deeply-felt drama... storm sequences of terrifying power" - Variety * "Powerfully acted, angrily topical but essentially human film... a tense thriller shot through with an important social message." - Empire * "A powerful and thought-provoking film that succeeds equally as sad human drama and compelling thriller" Channel 4 Film * "An absolute triumph... What starts out as a tough but grimly amusing account of the hardships of North Sea trawling slowly evolves, first into a gripping morality play, then a heart-wrenching examination of the darkest corners of the soul." - The Skinny * "Intense film-making...engagingly told, threaded through with humour, and makes for compulsive viewing." - Eye for Film


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Catalogue No. ACC0084
SRP A$29.95
APN 9333723000844
DVD Release Date 18 Sep 2008
Director Steve Hudson
Producer Jamie Laurensen
Cast Peter Mullan, Martin Compston
Genre Suspense Thriller
Rating M (Moderate themes, violence and sexual references , Moderate coarse)
Run Time 96 minutes
Visual Format 1.85:1
Audio Format Dolby 5.1
Language English
Special Features Cast and crew interviews, TV clips, deleted scenes
Quotes * "Morally resonant, deeply-felt drama... storm sequences of terrifying power" - Variety * "Powerfully acted, angrily topical but essentially human film... a tense thriller shot through with an important social message." - Empire * "A powerful and thought-provoking film that succeeds equally as sad human drama and compelling thriller" Channel 4 Film * "An absolute triumph... What starts out as a tough but grimly amusing account of the hardships of North Sea trawling slowly evolves, first into a gripping morality play, then a heart-wrenching examination of the darkest corners of the soul." - The Skinny * "Intense film-making...engagingly told, threaded through with humour, and makes for compulsive viewing." - Eye for Film
Awards * 2007 BAFTA Award nominations - TRUE NORTH is nominated for Best Film, Best Director (Steve Hudson), Best Screenplay (Steve Hudson) and Best Actor (Martin Compston). * BIFA, the British Independent Film Academy, nomination - Steve Hudson for the Douglas Hickox Award for the Best Debut Director 2007 for TRUE NORTH. * Official Selection - 2007 Toronto International Film Festival

Synopsis
Inspired by a true story, TRUE NORTH is an unflinching thriller dealing with the horrendous consequences of human trafficking.

The Providence, a heavily-indebted Scottish trawler, calls at a Belgian port on its return voyage. The ship's mate Sean, desperate to help reduce this debt, contacts black-marketers for cigarettes to smuggle but is only given the option of smuggling Chinese immigrants - all of whom have paid to get to Britain. Despite his misgivings, Sean agrees to take them, though in absolute secrecy from the Skipper - his father.

The Chinese passengers are hidden in a cold, dark hold below deck while the Skipper is sleeping. All but one, that is. Su Li, a young girl of 12, slips away below decks unnoticed. Soon at sea, the weather conditions deteriorate rapidly. Crucial decisions must be made in a race against time to save the ship and themselves from certain imprisonment, but more importantly, to stop the tragic human suffering on the decks below.

With floods of new immigrants using any means to save themselves from brutal regimes in their homeland, TRUE NORTH is both a timely and relevant reminder of man's humanity at stake, when helping less fortunate people in their desperate search for a new life.
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