Australia Day


From the director of Red Dog and The Principal

AUSTRALIA DAY takes place over a 12-hour period on our most controversial national holiday, interweaving the stories of three Australians from diverse backgrounds – 14-year-old Indigenous girl, April (Madden); 17-year-old Iranian-Australian boy, Sami (Anton) and 19-year-old Chinese teen, Lan (Wu).

Whilst the nation celebrates with beach/backyard barbeques and Hottest 100 / pool parties, these three individuals find themselves alone and facing issues of racism, oppression and violence – each terrified for their own life. When their respective paths cross with police officer Sonya (Sebbens); Australian teen Jason (Webber) and failed farmer Terry (Brown), all must make choices and sacrifices. All will find there is a heavy price to pay, but heart and hope will help them to create meaningful change.

A fascinating take on the cultural tension that lurks beneath the surface of our country’s modern society, AUSTRALIA DAY has been called “provocative” (The Daily Telegraph) and “energetic” (Screendaily), with Variety likening it to 2006’s Oscar®-winner, Crash.


"It holds a mirror up to contemporary Australian society." Variety

"A story with plenty of sparks." Guardian

"An exploration of the attitudes that both bind and divide contemporary Australia." Screen International

Australia Day
Release Date 21 September 2017
Running Time 1hr 34m
Rating MA15+ | Strong themes, violence and coarse language
Cast Bryan Brown, Shari Sebbens, Sean Keenan, Daniel Webber, Jenny Wu, Elias Anton
Director Kriv Stenders