Hugo Weaving gives a fine, lived-in performance as Dan, a war photographer with PTSD, who meets a refugee from South Sudan. Sebastian (first-time actor Andrew Luri) beseeches Dan not to exhibit a photograph of a massacre that took place in his village 15 years earlier.
Director Ben Lawrence has worked previously in documentary and the first half of the film, particularly, has a very grounded feel as we get to know the characters, including Dan's long-suffering partner (Hayley McElhinney) and Sebastian's wife (Bolude Watson).
Then the script (by Lawrence and Beatrix Christian) takes a turn into more conventional movie territory as dramatic incidents and revelations begin to pile up. That aside, this is a heartfelt - and also warmhearted - film that showcases a different side to Sydney and deserves to find a wide audience, in Australia and internationally.