A father has less than a day to pay back a debt to a violent loan shark, while looking after his young son.
Separated from his family and caught in a cycle of gambling and debt, Jim has less than a day to repay a violent loan shark. His day is turned upside down when he must look after his young son who is on school holidays. Jim’s relationship with his son is tested as his plans to pay back the loan fail. When his last desperate effort to repay the debt puts his son’s life at risk, he must make a choice between his past and a second chance at life.
WEST OF SUNSHINE is a modern day BICYCLE THIEVES set against an urban backdrop. Shot entirely on location in Melbourne, Australia and using a combination of professional and non-actors, the film is an exercise is modern realism. The film explores contemporary themes of addiction, love and connection.
Featuring a cast that includes the recent AACTA Nominee for Best Actor Damian Hill (Pawno), local actors Arthur Angel (Red Dog), Kat Stewart (Offspring), Tony Nikolakopoulos (Head On) and introducing young talent Ty Perham.
An EXILE ENTERTAINMENT production
in association with SMALL VILLAGE FILMS
Jim: Damian Hill
Alex: Ty Perham
Steve: Arthur Angel
Mel: Kat Stewart
Banos: Tony Nikolakopoulos
Written and Directed by: Jason Raftopoulos
Produced by: Alexandros Ouzas & Jason Raftopoulos
Associate Producer: Tessa Mansfield-Hung
1st Assistant Director: Jebus Jones
Director of Photography: Thom Neal
Editor: Paul Rowe
Composer: Lisa Gerrard & James Orr
Production Designer: Anna Russell
Make up Artist: April Rose Munro
Casting Director: Terri Svoronos
Sound Recordist: Jack Vincent McCulloch
Costume Designer: Alicia Aulsebrook
1st Assistant Camera: Felicia Smith
2nd Assistant Camera: James Bentley
Boom Operator: James Browning
Production Assistants: Simon Harvey & Samuel Symmons
Legals: Jenny Lalor
Stills Photographer: Kevin Bergin, Tessa Mansfield-Hung, Bonnie Moir
Sound Supervisor/ Designer: Tristan Meredith
Colourist: Nick Hower
Post Production Supervisor: Nick Hower & Darius Family
Distributed by: Exile Entertainment