Australian writer-director Jason Raftopoulos was overcome by the five-minute standing ovation that greeted his debut film West of Sunshine after its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
A courier tries to fend off his creditors while babysitting his son in this Melbourne-set debut feature - The Hollywood Reporter
The testy dynamic between a down-on-his-luck father and his prepubescent son is given a sweeping panoramic treatment in Australian director Jason Raftopoulos' debut feature West of Sunshine.
A slice of neorealism, Australian-style, West of Sunshine couches a bleak day in brightness — visually, in its sun-lit tour off Melbourne’s beaten track; and emotionally, as a father and son traverse trying times together.
Fatherhood comes sharply into focus in the impressive feature debut of Aussie filmmaker Jason Raftopoulos - Variety
Fatherhood gets an incisive examination in “West of Sunshine,” the short, sharp and rewarding feature debut of Australian writer-director Jason Raftopoulos.
The debut feature from writer-director Raftopoulos, whose most recent short Kin screened at Cannes, was shot in Melbourne and tells the story of a father who has less than a day to pay back a debt to a loan-shark, while at the same time trying to look after his young son. Alexandros Ouzas (Plague) produces for Exile Entertainment. Backers include Screen Australia.