Presto has some pretty great Australian Films coming in July.
Three of Australia’s highest grossing and critically lauded films of 2015 will debut on the service this winter. Last Cab to Darwin streams from July 1, followed by Holding the Man from July 23 and The Dressmaker from August 25.
All three films contributed to setting a new Aussie box office record, with local films achieving their highest share of overall box office since 2001. Last Cab to Darwin generated $7.4 million, with Holding the Man taking $1.2 million and The Dressmaker attaining a massive $20.2 million at the Australian box office last year. In addition to their box office success, each film took out a number of well-deserved AACTA Awards and nominations.
Last Cab to Darwin forms as a dying with dignity drama filled with hope, humour and heart. Set against the stunning Australian outback, this emotionally-charged story follows Rex (Michael Caton), a Broken Hill cab driver who, when told he doesn’t have long to live, sets out on an epic journey to Darwin in a bid to die on his own terms.
Based on the much loved and hugely successful memoir and stage play of the same name, Holding the Man is the warm, funny and extraordinarily moving story of the 15 year-long relationship between Timothy Conigrave and the boy he fell in love with at high school, John Caleo. This affecting coming-of-age tale shows delicacy and depth while tackling the burgeoning HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s.
The Dressmaker sees legendary Australian filmmaker Jocelyn Moorhouse return to the director’s chair to deliver the ultimate revenge story. Based on the bestselling novel by Rosalie Hamm, this bittersweet comedy sees a glamorous woman return to her small town in 1950s rural Australia, and features an all-star cast including Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving and Judy Davis.
Each of these unique new genre films feature impressive Australian casts, relatable storylines, heartfelt humour, nostalgia, heroism and will be available to stream on Presto soon.