“I had that central idea to make something I have never seen before and to explore that”. That’s how director Shane T. Hall describes his new movie.
We couldn’t agree more with that because Concealed is really something that we have never seen before.
When Max, Simon Lyndon (Chopper, The Thin Red Line), a struggling actor living in South Africa, is taking his chance in Australia his life is completely turned upside down. Not in a good way.
Right after his arrival his girlfriend Sallie, Nadia Townsend (Restoration, City Homicide (TV)) disappears in a very abrupt way. He calls in the police but when their investigation is going too slow, he decides to take matters into his own hands.
Together with his childhood friend Richard, Paul Tassone (All Saints (TV), The Code), he leaves no stone unturned to find his beloved girlfriend.
Sadly, things are getting worse when both of them become involved in the world of drugs and violence. It also seems that some shady family secrets of Max are about to be exposed.
Will he be able to find Sallie and keep his secret hidden or will his life spiral down into an even more darker hole? Well, that’s for you to find out.
Lyndon, who won the AFI Award in 2000 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his great performance in Chopper, was director Hall’s first choice for the role of Max and it becomes clear from the start that he is perfect for it.
As Max, he puts on a great performance of a man struggling with his work and who’s totally at this wits end when his girlfriend is taken away from him totally unexpected. Broken and on an emotional rollercoaster.
We don’t see a lot of Sallie but what we see is so well portrayed by Townsend. The loving girlfriend who deep down might not be as innocent as she seems. Townsend definitely knows how to make the character come to life.
With his wonderful acting, Tassone reminds us that we all need a friend like Richard, someone who will be there for us. In joyful times but also in darker ones. Concealed is very character driven movie and we want to congratulate the cast for their amazing performances.
It’s not only the great acting that makes Concealed a must see movie. It’s also the very secretive and dark storyline. At first the movie seems just like any other. A couple moving to another place to try and find their luck there.
However, it doesn’t take long before the story takes a twist which gives the movie a totally different but even more intriguing vibe. The anger, the secrets and the lies makes Concealed an extremely captivating and emotional film.
While watching the movie, we started to wonder if we were watching a colour film or a black and white one. Because of the storyline, there are so many dark and black coloured scenes that there’s almost no place for colour. Which is very understandable.
The film really reflects that life of Max during the difficult period he’s going through. During the moments with his lovely girlfriend, the colour can’t be bright enough just like the light in his eyes but when he’s about to embark on a mysterious journey in the hope to find Sally, the light is fading into darkness.
When we talked to Hall about the making of his movie he mentioned that every day it felt like the shoot was going to collapse, that you wouldn’t get through it that day and that the film didn’t even start for a few times.
It would have been a shame if this movie wasn’t made because it’s such a fascinating one. A film in which the central characters are amazingly portrayed and one with incredibly mesmerizing cinematography.