Muscular, raw, visceral: these are the words that keep coming up about incredible Australian crime revenge film Hail. I'd also add beautiful, touching, poignant and explosively real; this is real life that comes uncomfortably close, seeps into your soul and just when you think you have it in your grasp it grabs you instead and drags you into a deeply upsetting nightmare without flinching. When you stagger out the other side of the maelstrom you are left marked, moved and in awe of Amiel Courtin-Wilson's brilliant feature debut and Daniel P Jones' mesmerizing central performance.
After playing festivals all over the world as diverse as Venice and Fantastic Fest, Hail opened in limited release in Australia over the weekend. Now Cinema Nova is having a special fundraising event run by non-government welfare organisation VACRO to help directly give back to Victorians and their families who have been affected by the criminal justice system.
Hail is a feature film based on the real life experiences of its lead actor, Daniel P Jones, and anyone who has seen the film will know that people who have been to prison and reemerged into the world need all the support and infrastructure they can get in order to rebuild their lives with their families.
The fundraiser screening will be held on Tuesday 30 October at 7pm at Cinema Nova on Lygon Street in Carlton, with all proceeds going to the VACRO Children's Foundation. Tickets are $28 and include the movie, a Q&A with the director and lead actor, and a glass of sparkling wine. To book contact VACRO on 03 96051900 and be sure to arrive at the cinema at 6:30pm for a 7pm start.
Check out a beautiful alternate trailer for Hail below, featuring Missy Higgins and the Indigo Girls.