The independent psychological drama Reaching Distance wraps filming in Sydney this week. Written and directed by David Fairhurst, making his feature debut after a handful of shorts, the film stars Wade Briggs (Please Like Me, Still Star Crossed), Morgan Griffin (Unbroken, Spin Out), Matt Day (Rake, Muriel’s Wedding), Eddie Baroo (Wolf Creek, Spin Out), Meyne Wyatt (Strangerland, Redfern Now), and Tara Morice (Dance Academy, Strictly Ballroom).
Producer Kayne Taylor likens the film to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Groundhog Day, and Trance, and it’s not hard to see why when you take a look at the official synopsis:
“After Logan, a cynic with a photographic memory, witnesses his twin sister’s death in a horrific car accident, his vivid memories of the event have left him unable to move on, leaving his life in tatters. Facing a night sleeping on the street, by sheer chance Logan finds Martin, the banker responsible for his sister’s death, and tracks him onto a night-rider bus. His attempts at vengeance are thwarted by increasingly strange interactions with the other passengers, including an inquisitive nurse who insists she knows Logan, her jealous boyfriend, two bickering teenagers and a pants-less homeless person whose unhinged religious ramblings might have more truth to them than he lets on. Things take a turn for the bizarre as Logan is knocked unconscious and awakes to find the line between the past and present has fractured, as visions of his dead sister and vivid memories begin to replay within the confines of the bus.”
“As Australian filmmakers we don’t take enough risks on mind bending genre pushing dramas like Reaching Distance,” Taylor said. “We wanted to make Reaching Distance to show what can be done on an independent budget and it is a film that isn’t afraid to push the envelope on what Australian cinema can be.”
No word of a release date as yet, but with any luck we’ll see a trailer for Reaching Distance sooner rather than later.