“A FILM MADE WITH SUCH FEROCIOUS INTENSITY THAT IT CAN’T BE DISMISSED OR IGNORED”

- Cinema Junkie

"THE ENERGY, THE INTENSITY, THE ON-SCREEN TALENT...ALL RELENTLESS."

- CGiii film

"LYRICAL AND BRUTAL BY TURNS, DROWN IS A TOUR DE FORCE... 

...through the damaged psyche of a man too afraid of his own nature to permit free reign to his impulses for tenderness and affection, and who ends up translating his yearning into hatred. The film poses a question that should be asked of all anti-gay thugs: Who's tougher? The guy who can throw a punch? Or the guy who can revel in a kiss?" -  Edge Media (more...)

"DROWN IS NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED. IT IS HONEST AND CONFRONTING.....

Beautifully shot and cleverly edited. Matt Levett  is equally outstanding and mesmerising as Len.   SameSame, 03/15

"HONEST, INTENSE, BRUTAL AND RAW, A CLASH OF WORLDS THAT MAKE FOR AN AMAZING EMOTIONALLY CHARGED CLIMAX."

"DROWN IS EYE-CATCHING IN ALL SENSES OF THE PHRASE..."

...a feature marked by pumped production, lensing and performance that establishes Francis and his leads as talent to watch."

Outwardly, Dean Francis’ Drown is a story about homophobia in sport through the scantily clad world of surf lifesavers in Sydney. Yet this gripping film goes much deeper to examine the tragic consequences of unchecked self-loathing in a heavily defined and hard drinking culture of mateship. (more...)

 -  FilmInk, 03/15

"THE ACTING IN THIS FILM IS NOTHING SHORT OF INSPIRED. THE PERFORMANCES ARE BRUTAL AND FEEL PAINFULLY RAW. SEE THIS FILM, AND THEN TALK ABOUT IT."

"AS AN AUDIENCE, ONE IS CHALLENGED, TERRIFIED, ASHAMED, ENLIGHTENED AND ENTHRALLED - BUT BEST OF ALL, ONE COMES OUT OF THE SCREENING CHANGED"

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