Running Time: 85 minutes
Rated: Rated MA 15+
There has been a sad dwindling over the years of locally produced dramas and mini-series on both the ABC and commercial television, but the need to see ourselves reflected on screen, warts and all, has been filled this year by films as diverse and idiosyncratic as Jindabyne, Candy, Ten Canoes, Kokoda, Kenny, The Book of Revelation and now Last Train to Freo, which is up there with the best of them.
Last Train to Freo is the first feature of actor/theatre director Jeremy Sims, and adapted by Reg Cribb from his successful stage play The Return. Set on a hot summer's night on the last train to Fremantle, this tense drama is challenging and confronting from start to finish as two rowdy ex-cons, a tall, charismatic man (Steve Le Marcquand, called simply 'the tall thug' in the credits) and his puny offsider, Trev (Tom Budge), invade an empty train compartment at midnight.
To the sound of classical music piped into the carriage (Vivaldi, Beethoven, Mozart