The Dry (Movie)
The Dry is a 2020 Australian mystery drama thriller film directed by Robert Connolly and starring Eric Bana, based on a script by Connolly and Harry Cripps. John Polson, Genevieve O’Reilly, and Keir O’Donnell. The film is based on Jane Harper’s 2016 novel of the same name.
The film was released in Australia on January 1, 2021, by Roadshow Films, and garnered favorable reviews from critics. On May 21, 2021, IFC Films released the film in the United States.
The Dry Release Date
The film was supposed to be out on August 27, 2020, however, it was postponed due to the COVID-19 epidemic. It premiered in Melbourne on December 11, 2020, and Roadshow Films released it in Australia and New Zealand on January 1, 2021.
IFC Films bought the picture for distribution in North America on February 18th, with a projected release date of May 21, 2021, in theaters and on-demand. The film will be exhibited at the SFFILM Festival on April 10, 2021, and has been designated as one of the festival’s must-see films.
The Dry Storyline
Federal Agent Aaron Falk (Eric Bana) travels to his hometown of Kiewarra, Australia, for the funeral of his childhood friend Luke Hadler (Martin Dingle-Wall), who is accused of murdering his wife Karen and their kid Billy before killing himself. Falk hesitantly decides to stay and investigate the incident after Luke’s parents ask him to.
In flashbacks, it is revealed that Falk had fled town twenty years before to avoid harassment after being accused of murdering his girlfriend Ellie. Many of the locals are still unhappy with him when he returns, particularly Ellie’s father Mal and brother Grant (Matt Nable), who call him a liar and a killer.
Falk begins his investigation into Luke’s death with the support of the town’s local sergeant Greg Raco (Keir O’Donnell). They learn that the bullets used in the crime were Remingtons, despite Luke’s claim to solely owning Winchesters. Falk also speaks with Scott Whitlam, the local school principal and Karen’s boss, who notes that while Karen and Luke were having financial difficulties, they didn’t appear to have any severe issues. When Falk finds the word ‘GRANT?’ handwritten on the back of a library book receipt, he assumes Grant is trying to buy the Hadler family farm from Luke’s parents, who are unable to manage it on their own.
Gretchen (Genevieve O’Reilly), another childhood friend and Karen’s coworker, informs Falk that school financing applications were discovered at Karen’s desk. Falk comes across a photo of Luke cuddling Gretchen’s newborn son Lachlan while looking through an old photo album. He inquires about Luke’s paternity; Gretchen denies this but implies that they were having an affair. Gretchen tells Falk to go after he asks her whether she is responsible for the deaths.
Falk steals several of the funding applications the next morning and notices Karen scribbled ‘GRANT?’ in reference to money.
When Falk and Raco arrive at the school to investigate Whitlam, they discover he has fled to the bush with a jerry can of gasoline and a lighter. Whitlam confesses to his gambling addiction, stealing money from the school to pay his debts, and murdering the Hadler family to cover up his fraud when they catch up with him. He then douses himself with gasoline and sets himself ablaze. Falk and Raco take him down and extinguish the fire. Raco is severely burned and hospitalized, the investigation is closed, and Luke’s parents express their gratitude to Falk for proving Luke’s innocence.
Falk meets Gretchen before leaving town and apologizes for blaming her; she forgives him. She explains that she has always loved Luke, but that he picked Karen above her. Falk returns to the rocky spot where he and Ellie used to frequent; he discovers her old rucksack, which has a journal detailing her plans to flee Mal’s abuse. Mal drowned her in wrath when he found out she was leaving, according to memory. Falk says his goodbyes to Ellie and then walks back into town with his rucksack along the now-dry riverbank.
The Dry Cast
The Dry Film stars are
- Eric Bana as Aaron Falk
- Joe Klocek as young Aaron Falk
- Genevieve O’Reilly as Gretchen
- Claude Scott-Mitchell as young Gretchen
- Keir O’Donnell as Greg Raco
- John Polson as Scott Whitlam
- Bebe Bettencourt as Eleanor “Ellie” Deacon
- Martin Dingle-Wall as Luke Hadler
- Sam Corlett as young Luke Hadler
- Bruce Spence as Gerry Hadler
- Julia Blake as Mrs. Hadler
- Matt Nable as Grant Dow
- William Zappa as Mal Deacon
- James Frecheville as Jamie Sullivan
- Miranda Tapsell as Rita Raco
- Jeremy Lindsay Taylor as Erik Falk
- Daniel Frederiksen as Dr. Leigh
The Dry Wiki
Directed by Robert Connolly
Written by Robert Connolly & Harry Cripps
Based on The Dry by Jane Harper
Produced by Eric Bana, Robert Connolly, Steve Hutensky, Jodi Matterson & Bruna Papandrea
Starring Eric Bana, Genevieve O’Reilly, Keir O’Donnell & John Polson
Cinematography Stefan Duscio
Edited by Nick Meyers & Alexandre de Franceschi
Music by Peter Raeburn
Production companies – Screen Australia, Film Victoria, Made Up Stories & Arenamedia
Pick Up Truck Pictures
Distributed by Roadshow Films
Release date 11 December 2020 (Melbourne) & 1 January 2021 (Australia)
Running time 117 minutes
Box office US$17.1 million
The Dry BOOK
Jane Harper, a British author, published her first novel, The Dry, in 2016. The book has garnered a slew of international prizes and has sold over a million copies around the world. On January 1, 2021, a film adaption was released to tremendous acclaim, becoming one of the biggest grossing Australian film opening weekends ever.