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Killing Ground

Brutal, unforgiving tale from the Australian countryside takes its violence to extremes and shows its pointless randomness.

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Director | Damien Power

Australia | 2016

88 minutes 

With | Ian Meadows, Harriet Dyer, Aaron Pederson, Aaron Glenane

Language | English

Killing Ground

Ian and his wife Sam arrive at a remote lake hoping for a relaxing weekend camping trip, but see another tent set up nearby. As the other campers don’t return they begin to worry — a feeling that magnifies when they find a bruised toddler. Brutal, unforgiving tale from the Australian countryside takes its violence to extremes and shows its pointless randomness. 

Director Damien Power uses much of the first half to introduce all characters involved. He weaves together three separate narratives — that of Sam and Ian, that of the family who occupied the orange tent, and that of the two killers that find their way back to the scene of their original crime to keep it covered up. We get to understand the dynamic between the two killers and we feel for Ian and Sam, who we want to see this through. The extended build-up pays big dividends as the narrative unfolds and the horrors of each couple blend into a blood-curdling finale.