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By Tom Clift
June 04, 2014
By Tom Clift
June 04, 2014

Like an artsy Australian answer to an episode of Skins, Galore probes the tumultuous love lives of a group of reckless teens. Set in the fire-prone outer suburbs of Canberra, the film opens with Billie (Ashleigh Cummings) and Danny (Toby Wallace) lying naked in the sunlight. As they whisper sweet nothings into one another's ears, viewers may find themselves drawn back to their own breathless adolescence — to long, passionate summers and the dramas that inevitably catch aflame.

And there's drama aplenty in writer-director Rhys Graham's script. Just as our hearts are set aflutter by the prospect of young love, it's revealed that Danny is actually the boyfriend of Laura (Lily Sullivan), Billie's life-long best friend. But even as Billie struggles with her betrayal, Laura finds herself drawn to Isaac (impressive newcomer Aliki Matangi), a troubled Pacific Islander trying to turn his life around.

While Graham may be a first-time feature director, he has no shortage of local talent at his back. In addition to the wonderfully naturalistic young cast, of particular note is cinematographer Stefan Duscio, who captures the sun-soaked landscape beautifully.

Galore is showing exclusively at Dendy Newtown (NSW), Palace Electric (ACT) and Cinema Nova (Vic) from June 19, but we're offering competition winners the chance to see it with a friend at an exclusive preview screening on Thursday, June 12, at 8.30pm at Cinema Nova (380 Lygon Street, Carlton). To enter, click here.

Published on June 04, 2014 by Tom Clift


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