Cast: Hugo Weaving, Don Hany, Jan Menelaus, Xavier Samuel, Mark Leonard Winter, Laura Brent, Justine Clarke, Robert Taylor, Anthony Hayes, Dimitri Baveas, Richard Stables, Tony Martin, Harry Tseng, Tony Briggs
Director: Craig Monahan
Pointblank Pictures and Pinnacle Films are thrilled to announce that screenwriters Alison Nisselle and Craig Monahan were announced as the winners of the 2013 Queensland Literary Award for Feature Film Script, in a ceremony at the State Library Of Queensland in Brisbane.
Developed by the two writers over many years, and directed by Craig Monahan (The Interview) Healing stars Hugo Weaving and Don Hany in a story of redemption and renewal centred around two men in a low-security country prison - one a warden, the other a long-term prisoner.
This prestigious award places the film's screenplay and its authors amongst many of the leading lights of Australian writing such as Christopher Koch, Murray Bail, Cate Kennedy and Andrew Bovell; and is the first public accolade for the yet to be completed film.
In awarding the prize to Healing, the judges commented that "this wholly impressive, truthful work avoids all the usual traps of pursuing ideological agendas or stereotypical storylines, and in so doing, takes us to the source."
Production of Healing took place earlier this year on locations in regional Victoria and the film is currently in post-production.
Synopsis: Healing is a powerful, moving story of redemption, the discovery of hope and the healing of the spirit – in the most unlikely place, for the most unique men, through the most unusual catalyst.
Viktor Khadem is a man who has almost given up on life, sentenced to a low-security prison farm, a completely non-threatening environment where it is still felt that some individuals can be reformed. At Won Wron, Case Worker Matt Perry has established a unique program to rehabilitate broken men through giving them the responsibility for the rehabilitation of injured raptors – beautiful, fearsome proud eagles, falcons and owls.
Against all odds, Matt takes on Viktor as his number one test case, introducing him to Yasmine, the majestic wedge tailed eagle with a 2 metre wingspan. If these two can tame each other, anything is possible.
Release Date: April, 2014