On March 29, 2022 FOLCS was proud to partner with IFC Films to present an advance screening of Nitram, a portrait of quiet tragedy turned loud the day of the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre in Tasmania, Australia, followed by a conversation with director, Justin Kurzel.
Nitram lives a life of isolation and frustration with his mother and father in suburban Australia, never able to fit in. His fortune changes when he finally finds a close friend in a reclusive heiress, until the relationship meets a sudden end. Nitram’s loneliness and anger begin to grow, triggering his slow descent toward disaster.
Justin’s background as one of Australia’s best theatrical designers informs his strong visual storytelling as a director. His VCA graduating short, Blue Tongue, was screened in over 13 international films festivals including International Critic’s Week at the Cannes Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and won Best Short at Melbourne International Film Festival.
Justin’s first feature film, Snowtown premiered at Adelaide Film Festival in 2011, winning the Audience Award. Justin was awarded Best Director at the AACTA Awards and the film screened at numerous international festivals including Toronto in 2011 and International Critics Week Cannes in 2012, where it was awarded Special Distinction of the President.
Justin’s other films include an adaptation he directed, Boner McPharlin’s Moll which forms part of a feature film comprising the adaptations of all short stories in Tim Winton’s novel, The Turning; Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard for See Saw Films which premiered In Competition at Cannes Film Festival in 2015, and Assassins Creed based on the video game franchise, produced by New Regency for 20th Century Fox in 2016, also starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.