One of the unorthodox selections at the Toronto International Film Festival this year is Underground, as it's a made for TV movie that - if it wasn't for TIFF - would have had its world premiere on a major Australian commercial TV network later this year.
However three key things elevate this movie. First it's being directed by one of Australia's greatest directors Robert Connolly, who has already been producer or director on such iconic films as The Boys, Romulus My Father and Balibo, and who more than any other Australian director has the potential to have a Peter Weir-like career over the next 20 years.
Second, the cast: stalwarts Anthony LaPaglia, Rachel Griffiths star alongside rising stars Callan McAuliffe, Laura Wheelwright, TV comedian Jordan Paskopoulos and newcomer Alex Williams.
And third, and undoubtedly, the big drawcard: Underground is the first movie out of the gates that chronicles some of the life and times of notorious Wikileaks founder Julian Assange - although this movie focuses on his real life exploits as a young hacker in Melbourne.
Judging from the trailer below, Connolly has brought the same high end production values and cinematic sweep that distinguished last year's widely acclaimed TV series The Slap, which Connolly shared directorial duties on.
Saturday September 8 Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 6 9:45 PM
Monday September 10 TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 12:30 PM
Saturday September 15 Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 9 6:15 PM