DIFF closes with an incredible gala event - the NT Premiere of The Rooster with special guests Hugo Weaving AO, Mark Leonard Winter and Mahveen Shahraki!
Join us for one last night under the stars as we welcome screen legend Hugo Weaving, director Mark Leonard Winter and Producer MahVeen Shahraki to Deckchair Cinema to present the film and meet the audience at a post film Q&A.
THE ROOSTER is a gripping story about friendship and how hope can come from unlikely places. Anchored by riveting performances from its two leads - rising talent Phoenix Raei (Clickbait, Stateless, The Night Agent), and Hugo Weaving (Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Love Me) - it confronts themes around shame and masculinity with unexpected humour, whilst keeping the audience in suspense.
Written and directed by award-winning actor Mark Leonard Winter, who makes his feature filmmaking debut with THE ROOSTER. Produced by Logie-nominated actor Geraldine Hakewill (Wanted, Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries), and AACTA award-winning producer MahVeen Shahraki (Ellie and Abbie, The Translator) for Thousand Mile Productions, THE ROOSTER follows small-town cop Dan (Phoenix Raei). When the body of his oldest friend is found buried in a shallow grave, Dan seeks answers from a volatile hermit (Hugo Weaving), who was the last person to see his friend alive.
THE ROOSTER also features Rhys Mitchell (Cake, Upper Middle Bogan), John Waters (Offspring, Mystery Road), Robert Menzies (Little Tornadoes, Glitch) Tom Stokes (The Railway Man, Warnie), Jane Montgomery Griffiths (Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power, Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries) and Deirdre Rubenstein (Force of Destiny, Superwog). Principal photography took place on Dja Dja Wurrung country in the region of the Hepburn Shire in Victoria, Australia during the winter of 2022. The area is home to director Mark and producer Geraldine, and many locals and local businesses were involved in the production, from locations, to crew, to casting, to on-screen talent.
Executive Producers - Susie Montague-Delaney, Patrick James, Michael Kantor
Co-Producer - David Kelly
Producers - Geraldine Hakewill and Mahveen Shahraki
Director - Mark Leonard Winter
Writer - Mark Leonard Winter
Australian & Nz Distributor - Bonsai Films
International Sales - The Yellow Affair