Australia has always produced weird, gripping, raw movies. Movies that verge on the insane at times, that can chew you up and spit you out, Sacred Heart is no different.
Kipan Rothbury (“Spectrum (Short)”), Hill End) is Robert, a religious young man who has recently lost his wife and unborn child in an accident.
This sends Robert on a downward spiral and his first port of call is his religion. He begins questioning why his god hasn’t helped him. Why, despite him praying every night, he’s given him nothing.
Robert is angry, drunk and snorting things he shouldn’t. He comes to the realisation that it’s not gods fault, but the devils. He challenges Lucifer to show himself, he picks a fight.
When his priest, David Field (“The Rover”, “Chopper”), arrives to find out how he’s doing, Robert keeps the man in his home, questioning him on his religion, his beliefs, his way of life.
The priest does what he can to talk Robert back to religion but as Robert gives him more and more alcohol, the priest gets drunker and drunker and begins pointing out that Robert isn’t quite as squeaky clean as he’s making out.
Kosta Nikas (“Boat People (Short)”, “Light (Short)”) is the writer and director of Sacred Heart. He has put together an intriguing film, one full of questions, what if’s and a claustrophobia that engulfs you.