Around The Block starring Jack Thompson and Golden Globe® and Emmy Award® nominee Christina Ricci will release across Australia on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital platforms but consumers will first have the opportunity to see the film on the big screen with a short window of theatrical screenings kicking off on June 16th at the Cremorne Orpheum. Following the local Australian release, US distributor Random Media are excited to release the film in North America on a limited theatrical release day and date with VOD and DVD in August.
Directed by first-time feature film director Sarah Spillane, Around the Block also features a breakout performance from newcomer Hunter Page-Lochard and an outstanding Australian supporting cast including Damien Walshe-Howling (Underbelly, Mystery Road), Daniel Henshall (Not Suitable for Children, Snowtown), Matt Nable (Underbelly, Bikie Wars) and media celebrity, Ruby Rose.
Around The Block premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival with critics calling it ‘Aussie’s film triumph’ ‘magical’ and “a powerful drama’. Around The Block was also the closing night film at the Canberra Film Festival in November 2013. Around The Block is about breaking cycles and building dreams. Set in a contemporary, tough, inner-city precinct, this is a story of revenge and triumph, as a teenage boy is torn between his unexpected love of theatre and the disintegration of his family. With encouragement from his unconventional American drama teacher, he confronts his past and eventually takes control of his future.
Around The Block will screen at the Beijing International Film Festival and Newport Beach Film Festival in April followed by the San Francisco Frameline Film Festival in June. Theatrical screenings of the film will begin on June 16th at Cremorne Orpheum followed by a screening at The Randwick Ritz on the June 23rd. At the time of publishing, Melbourne and Canberra dates are still being confirmed.
Pinnacle Films will release the film on DVD, Blu-ray and all major Digital platforms on July 16. and will be available from major retailers including JB HiFi, Big W and Sanity and on digital download from iTunes, Bigpond Movies, Foxtel, Google Play, Xbox, PlayStation 3 and 4. Around The Block is produced by Brian Rosen and Su Armstrong and executive produced by Jack Thompson and Gary Hamilton.Sydney Unleashed is one of Australia’s premier entertainment publications exploring the latest in lifestyle trends. From Sydney’s finest restaurants, cafes and bars to the hottest in gadgets, products, and home entertainment, Sydney Unleashed is your one-stop lifestyle platform.