Daniel Henshall stars as infamous Archibald Prize-winning artist Adam Cullen in this lyrical adaptation of Erik Jensen’s acclaimed biography.
When 19-year-old wunderkind journalist Erik Jensen (now editor of The Saturday Paper) was invited by bad-boy Australian painter Adam Cullen to write his biography, Jensen (Toby Wallace, Romper Stomper) jumped at the chance. Despite a turbulent relationship, the two formed a unique bond that lasted until Cullen’s death in 2012 aged just 46.
Shooting in the Blue Mountains where Cullen was based, ACUTE MISFORTUNE spins Jensen’s award-winning book into a subtle, striking tale of two wildly different men. Making his debut as a feature film filmmaker, theatre director and actor Thomas M Wright (Top of the Lake, Balibo) delivers a portrait of the writer and of the artist as a troubled and troubling man. With remarkable access – Daniel Henshall (The Babadook, Snowtown) wears Cullen’s actual clothing as he fully inhabits the role, and the artworks that appear onscreen are the real deal – this MIFF Premiere Fund-supported feature was co-scripted by Jensen, with Wright, and is executive produced by Robert Connolly (Paper Planes, Tim Winton’s The Turning, These Final Hours).
★★★★★ 'An enthralling, complex triumph.The best and most interesting bio-pic since Chopper.' - The Guardian
'A striking debut...a compelling, immersive work.' - The Australian
'One of the year's most striking and accomplished directorial debuts.' - Hollywood Reporter.
'Full of rich imagery and insight...superbly done.' - 3AW
'Might just be the best Australian film of the last ten years' - Beat Magazine
'A thunderously great film.' - The Lowdown Under
'A blistering no-holds-barred cinematic portrait.' - Screen Daily
'A startling, unique vision.' - The Age