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The Dry (2020)

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Releases May 21, 2021
Aaron Falk returns to his drought-stricken hometown to attend a tragic funeral. But his return opens a decades-old wound - the unsolved death of a teenage girl.


Robert Connolly


Harry Cripps (screenplay), Robert Connolly (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Eric Bana ... Aaron Falk
Genevieve O'Reilly ... Gretchen
Keir O'Donnell ... Greg Raco
Bruce Spence ... Gerry Hadler
Sam Corlett ... Young Luke
James Frecheville ... Sullivan
Matt Nable ... Grant Dow
John Polson ... Scott Whitlam
Jeremy Lindsay Taylor ... Erik Falk
Miranda Tapsell ... Rita Raco
Eddie Baroo ... McMurdo
Joe Klocek ... Young Aaron Falk
BeBe Bettencourt ... Ellie Deacon
Renee Lim ... Sandra Whitlam
Martin Dingle Wall ... Luke Hadler


Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns to his home town after an absence of over twenty years to attend the funeral of his childhood friend, Luke, who allegedly killed his wife and child before taking his own life - a victim of the madness that has ravaged this community after more than a decade of drought. When Falk reluctantly agrees to stay and investigate the crime, he opens up an old wound - the death of 17- year-old Ellie Deacon. Falk begins to suspect these two crimes, separated by decades, are connected. As he struggles to prove not only Luke's innocence but also his own, Falk finds himself pitted against the prejudice towards him and and pent-up rage of a terrified community.

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Most characters pronounce Grant's name with a short 'a' sound (rhyming with any). At the funeral however, Gretchen pronounces it with a long 'ah' sound, characteristic of a South Australian accent, suggesting her character may have originally been from somewhere else. See more »


When Aaron is having dinner with Sgt Raco & his wife both men are seen placing their wine glasses on the table before they're back in their hands & re-placed on the table. See more »

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A good story at the time of the drought
18 December 2020 | by lorraine-bennSee all my reviews

This film really captures the atmosphere of a small Australian country town after a long drought. The river has run dry, and fields are parched. Aaron Falk, who grew up in the town but moved to the city when an older teenager, returns for the funeral of his boyhood friend, Luke. Luke's wife and son have been killed and it is assumed that Luke is the culprit, but Luke's parents ask Aaron (who is now a police officer in Melbourne) to do some unofficial investigating. Aaron teams up with the young local policeman to come with some unexpected solutions. The acting of Eric Bana and others make this an intriguing film. My only concern was that some of the flashbacks were a little bit confusing. The film shows the sort of small country town where rumours can be spread and believed for years. Aaron feels compelled to find and reveal the truth.

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Release Date:

21 May 2021 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »


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Dolby Digital



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2.35 : 1
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