A Sunburnt Christmas Review

A Sunburnt Christmas Review

Stan has gotten into the Christmas spirit with its new original film, A Sunburnt Christmas.

When we begin A Sunburnt Christmas, Daryl (Daniel Henshall) is taken to hospital with a stab wound. Being chased by Dingo (Sullivan Stapleton), he avoids capture disguised as Santa and begins a journey to Hattersley Homestead.

The homestead is home to recently widowed, and still in the haze of grief, Fiona Raley (Ling Cooper Tang) and her three kids; Hazel (Tatiana Goode), who’s keeping things together the best she can while chasing off assistant bank manager Clyde (Matt Vesely); Tom (Eadan McGuinness), who’s full of anxiety; and Daisy (Lena Nankivell), who finds Darryl when he crashes into their shed.

His arrival and reason for his visit force Hazel into quick thinking to save their drought-ravaged farm on the brink of foreclosure.

The screenplay, penned by Elliot Vella, Gretel Vella, and Timothy Walker, is a delightful one which balances comedic and dramatic elements as Tom and Hazel help Daryl on his quest. You will be laughing and crying as the adventure unfolds.

Director Christiaan Van Vuuren brings the harsh South Australian location to life as the cast delivers memorable performances. The sibling bond shines through and the adult leads are compelling.

A Sunburnt Country continued the resurgence of Australian film with a cracking script, fresh faces, and layered performances.

In 2020, A Sunburn Country is the perfect addition to your holiday viewing schedule.


5 Stars

A Sunburnt Country is now streaming on Stan.