During the pandemic, the thriller “The Dry” starring Eric Bana, made a big splash at the Australian box office. It’s one of the top 15 grossing Australian films of all time with over AU$17 million to date. Directed by Robert Connolly (“Paper Planes,” “The Slap“), “The Dry” is an atmospheric slow-burn mystery crime thriller where Bana stars as an Australian federal agent returning to the drought-stricken small town where he grew up to investigate a murder. That inquiry opens up old wounds and questions about another decades-old murder to which he might be connected.
Written by Connolly and Harry Cripps and adapted from the best-selling novel by Jane Harper, the film also stars Genevieve O’Reilly, Keir O’Donnell, John Polson, Sam Corlett, and Joe Klocek. Here’s the official synopsis:
Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns to his home town after an absence of over twenty years to attend the funeral of his childhood friend, Luke, who allegedly killed his wife and child before taking his own life – a victim of the madness that has ravaged this community after more than a decade of drought.
When Falk reluctantly agrees to stay and investigate the crime, he opens up an old wound – the death of 17-year-old Ellie Deacon. Falk begins to suspect these two crimes, separated by decades, are connected. As he struggles to prove not only Luke’s innocence but also his own, Falk finds himself pitted against the prejudice towards him and the pent-up rage of a terrified community.
“The Dry” is already a massive critical and commercial success in Australia (100% on Rotten Tomatoes), and IFC is releasing the film on May 21 in the U.S. Watch the first trailer below.