Red Hill

November 5th, 2010


Red Hill

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A young police officer must survive his first day's duty in a small country town.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 6.5/10 (3,859 voted)

Critic's Score: 62/100

Director: Patrick Hughes

Stars: Ryan Kwanten, Steve Bisley, Tommy Lewis

A young police officer must survive his first day's duty in a small country town.

Ryan Kwanten - Shane Cooper
Steve Bisley - Old Bill
Tommy Lewis - Jimmy Conway (as Tom E. Lewis)
Claire van der Boom - Alice Cooper
Christopher Davis - Slim
Kevin Harrington - Jim Barlow
Richard Sutherland - Manning
Ken Radley - Earl
John Brumpton - Rex
Cliff Ellen - Gleason
Jim Daly - Ted
Dom Phelan - Ken
Eddie Baroo - Willy
Tim Hughes - Micky Carlin
Ken Connley - Joseph Carlin

Taglines: Revenge just rode into town.


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Release Date: 5 November 2010

Filming Locations: Omeo, Victoria, Australia

Opening Weekend: $8,650 (USA) (7 November 2010) (5 Screens)

Gross: $20,960 (USA) (16 January 2011)

Technical Specs


Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Billy shoots his rifle in the air by the burning hay barn, the gunshots make a sound as if the bullets are ricocheting off of something. But when you shoot in the air, there is nothing to ricochet off of.

[first lines]
Shane Cooper: Alice? Have you seen my gun?

User Review

Superior crime-thriller from Australia

Rating: 8/10

Red Hill could best be described as an Australian take on the American Western. It centres on a young policeman who moves to a remote town to work with the local police department. The town is immediately laid under siege by an escaped Aboriginal convict who appears to have a grudge against the local police officers and their lackeys. Dark secrets from the past are gradually revealed.

This is a very well put together film. Cinematography, music and acting are all of a very high calibre. Ryan Kwanten is particularly good as the young policeman with insecurities and fears of his own; Kwanten makes for a very likable lead and injects some moments of humour into the suspenseful narrative. Tommy Lewis is also highly memorable as Jimmy Conway, the silent escaped convict with grimly burned face. The Australian landscape is captured nicely and the score compliments proceedings well.

It has to be said that the storyline is a little predictable. There isn't really anything overly new here. But this is not a significant problem as it really is a very well put together film. It's a solid thriller, and along with Wolf Creek proves that the Australian film industry is more than capable of delivering superior product in this genre. This one is well worth your time.


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