Red Hill, the debut feature from Patrick Hughes, and starring Ryan Kwanten (True Blood, the forthcoming Griff The Invisible), has been selected for the Berlin International Film Festival.
It has been chosen as a “Panorama Special” within the official program of the 60th anniversary year of the Berlinale, in the grand Zoo Palast cinema.
Patrick Hughes' wrote, directed, edited and co-produced Red Hill alongside producer Al Clark (Priscilla; Chopper; Blessed).
Red Hill tells the story of Shane Cooper (Kwanten), a young police officer who relocates to the small country town of Red Hill with his pregnant wife to start a family. But when news of a prison break sends the local law enforcement officers into a panic, his first day on duty rapidly turns into a nightmare. Enter Jimmy Conway, a convicted murderer serving life behind bars, who returns to the isolated outpost seeking revenge.
In addition to Ryan Kwanten, Red Hill stars Steve Bisley, Tom E. Lewis, Claire van der Boom and Kevin Harrington.
Berlin's Panorama section presents world and European premieres. Over 20,000 moviegoers will participate during the Berlinale in the Panorama Audience Award that is to be presented on February 21, 2010.
Red Hill was filmed in rural Victoria and was made with the support of private investors, Screen Australia and a Film Victoria location grant. It is distributed by Transmission Films and will be released mid 2010.