Confronting Feature Begins Shooting in Melbourne

David Pulbrook’s feature debut focuses on a Palestinian suicide bomber and his holocaust survivor hostage.

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Purporting to be a drama torn from today's headlines, David Pulbrook's feature debut, Last Dance, will explore themes of ideology, faith, freedom, oppression and the power of compassion.

The film stars British born AFI award winning actress Julia Blake, known for roles in films such as Innocence and The Boys are Back, the cult eighties series Prisoner, and the recent ABC television series, Bed of Roses.

Blake will star alongside Firass Dirani, known for his portrayal of Lebanese nightclub owner, John Ibrahim, in Underbelly: The Golden Mile and who will be seen in the soon to be released actioner Killer Elite.

Pulbrook's film delves into the life of Sadiq Mohammad (Dirani), who, after his involvement in the failed suicide bombing attempt of a synagogue, stumbles into the home of Jewish woman, Ulah Lippman (Blake). The characters are both forced to confront their pasts as police close in to capture Sadiq.

"Last Dance digs beneath the stereotypes to reveal the basic humanity of the two principle protagonists and transcends the tragedy of their pasts and speaks of optimism, possibilities and tolerance," said Pulbrook who penned the script with Terence Hammond.

"We were careful not to take sides and worked closely with Palestinian and Jewish communities to ensure a balanced point of view."

The film will be produced by Antony I. Ginnane, whose work includes well-known Australian films Patrick and Dark Age.

While this will be David Pulbrook's feature debut as director, he has worked as an editor on a number of notable films including Gillian Armstrong's first feature Smokes and Lollies, Michael Pattinson's Street Hero and Ground Zero (where he won an AFI award for Best editor), Richard Franklin's Brilliant Lies and Hotel Sorrento and most recently Simon Wincer's The Cup.

Last Dance will be shot in the beachside suburb of St Kilda, famous for their Eastern European Jewish population.

Photo credit: Firass Dirani, courtesy of Getty Images/Mike Flokis.

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