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Published On: Tue, Jun 4th, 2013

FILM: Australian thriller Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were HereAustralian writer director Kieran Darcy-Smith riveted me at the Sundance Film Festival a few years back with his dark look at family crime, Animal Kingdom. Now back with the co-written tale of a nasty holiday trip, Wish You Were Here reminded me of Animal Kingdom’s power, with equally riveting performances and some killer, jump-in-your-seat surprises.

However, the new film’s structure of random flashbacks weakens this tale of dark secrets and the holiday from hell in Thailand. Think The Hangover II if it wasn’t a comedy and had something to say about truth, lies, and terror.

The story revolves around two sisters, the husband of one and the relatively new boyfriend of the other. It’s the boyfriend (Antony Starr) who goes missing, setting off a chain of events focused on David (Joel Edgerton), and his wife Alice (Felicity Price).

The grudgingly doled out flashbacks tell the story of what happened in fits and starts; but despite their eventual, horrifying reveal, the most potent drama is the present time fear, anger, and threat visited on and through David and Alice back home with their children in Australia. Edgerton and Price (who also co-wrote the script) are brilliant in their roles, and ratchet up the thrills in this overall chilling thriller.

See the film for the performances, and those moments when the unexpected comes crashing straight through the screen.

Wish You Were Here will open in Los Angeles on June 7th at the Nuart Theatre.

About the Author

- Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist and produced screen and television writer. New books include the romantic suspense of Executive Impulse (Crimson); more romance and mystery with Between the Sheets (Entangled), co-written with Linda Marr; and the mystery thriller Marathon (Five Star/Cenage). Her previous titles include the award winning romantic suspense of The Model Man and Five O’Clock Shadow (Kensington); the literary fiction of Dreamtown (FictionWorks), and the erotic novella Rodeo Man (as Nikki Alton) in The Cowboy anthology (Aphrodisia). In film, her work spans a variety of genres from supernatural thriller to romantic drama, family, teen, and comedy with an emphasis on independent film. A member of the Writer’s Guild of America, she’s written on staff for ABC-TV’s Port Charles; written, produced, and directed reality programming and documentaries for TLC, Lifetime, PBS, and HGTV, as well as numerous television commercials and corporate videos. She’s also written hundreds of articles on travel, love, the arts, writing, tech, food, parenting, and more.

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FILM: Australian thriller Wish You Were Here