DRY WINTER (MIFF2021) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Kyle Davis’s Dry Winter taps into a recent tradition in Australian independent cinema of low-key portraits of outsiders looking for a way in, capturing a spirit of authenticity through the use of non-professional actors. Even further capturing the spirit of true independent filmmaking, this project was far from the product of established industry insiders – Davis, along with the bulk of the film’s crew, are all graduates of Adelaide’s Flinders University. But this is no student film; Dry Winter is a confident, poetic portrait of lost time and treading water in the small-town wastelands of rural Australia.

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