Press release from TM Publicity

SWERVE, the new feature film from director Craig Lahiff, will have its World Premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival next Monday July 25 (9pm, Greater Union Cinema 3).

Craig Lahiff, producer Helen Leake and star of the film Travis McMahon (Kokoda) will be at the Premiere. The film also stars Emma Booth (Cloudstreet), David Lyons (ER), Vince Colosimo (Underbelly, The Kings of Mykonos), Jason Clarke (Brotherhood) and Roy Billing (Underbelly).

A tightly-paced thriller from the director of Black and White, SWERVE is described by the Melbourne International Film Festival as: “An accomplished Australian detour into genre filmmaking…pulsing with menace…”

Set in the South Australian outback, the film tells of Colin (David Lyons), who is driving cross-country to a job interview when he opts for a shortcut and happens across a fatal car accident. One of the drivers (Emma Booth) is shaken but not hurt, while the other lies dead – leaving a briefcase full of money without an owner. Despite his best intentions, Colin quickly finds himself drawn into a deadly game of survival, where no one is quite what they seem.

After its launch at the Cannes International Film Festival in May, international sales agent Moviehouse Entertainment announced that SWERVE has been snapped up for distribution with a major deal for Germany secured and other territories under negotiation. Australian distribution is yet to be announced.

“Swerve is the kind of film we don’t often make in Australia so, as a producer, it’s exciting to work with creative talent such as Craig Lahiff who isn’t afraid of genre and redefining film noir in an Australian context and thrilling to bring such a talented group of actors to the screen,” said producer Helen Leake.

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