Bring it home! Australian director Dean Francis secures distribution deals abroad for film 'Drown' but opts to use cinema-on-demand 'Tugg' to show it on local screens

Australian independent director Dean Francis has secured distribution deals overseas for his new film, Drown. 

It is set to screen in America, the UK and Europe but the 35-year-old filmmaker has opted to use cinema-on-demand company Tugg to show his upcoming flick on Australian screens next month.

The online website takes requests to screen films around the country and if approved a cinema is designated and tickets will be available for purchase on specific dates. 

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Bring it home: Australian film Drown is being brought to local screens with cinema-on-demand company Tugg 

Bring it home: Australian film Drown is being brought to local screens with cinema-on-demand company Tugg 

Behind the scenes: An exclusive shot of one of the films harrowing scenes was released showing two of the lead stars near a grave dug by the beach as a film crew surround the actors

Behind the scenes: An exclusive shot of one of the films harrowing scenes was released showing two of the lead stars near a grave dug by the beach as a film crew surround the actors

A 'threshold' is appointed for the screenings and if a certain amount of people do not buy enough tickets, the screening can be cancelled. 

However, it is highly unlikely that will be the case for Dean's movie, with dates already confirmed for shows in Sydney and Melbourne during the Mardi Gras Film Festival. 

The first Melbourne screening has already sold out.  

Premiere: Dates have already been confirmed for shows in Sydney and Melbourne during the Mardi Gras Film Festival

Premiere: Dates have already been confirmed for shows in Sydney and Melbourne during the Mardi Gras Film Festival

It will show in Melbourne on the 4th and 21st of March and in Sydney on the 12th and 18th. 

Drown stars A Place To Call Home star Matt Levett, Jack Matthews and Harry Cook and revolves around Len (Levett) a competitive surf-lifesaver who is out shined by a younger, gay competitor called Phil (Matthews).

Len begins to bully Phil after finding out he is gay, though he himself begins to develop confusing feelings for his victim.

Screening dates: It will show in Melbourne on the 4th and 21st of March and in Sydney on the 12th and 18th

Screening dates: It will show in Melbourne on the 4th and 21st of March and in Sydney on the 12th and 18th

Synopsis: The story follows competitive surf-lifesaver who is out shined by a younger, gay competitor

Synopsis: The story follows competitive surf-lifesaver who is out shined by a younger, gay competitor

In focus: Lead star Matt Levett acts as Len, the bully of his fellow competitor upon finding out about his sexuality

In focus: Lead star Matt Levett acts as Len, the bully of his fellow competitor upon finding out about his sexuality

Len and his friend Meat (Cook) take Phil out on a night on the town which ends in tragedy.

A behind the scenes shot was released of the harrowing scene in question, with the lead stars digging a grave by the beach. 

Actor Jack Matthew laid by the grave as his co-star digs a hole. 

A film crew can be seen crowding the two leads as the scene is acted out.  

The late Charlotte Dawson, former judge of Australia's Next Top Model was a passionate supporter of the project which deals with homophobia, bullying and suicide.

Before her untimely death, Charlotte signed on to help raise funds for its release. 

Ambassador: The late Charlotte Dawson, former judge of Australia's Next Top Model was a passionate supporter of the project which deals with homophobia, bullying and suicide

Ambassador: The late Charlotte Dawson, former judge of Australia's Next Top Model was a passionate supporter of the project which deals with homophobia, bullying and suicide

Charlotte's sister, Vicky, spoke to Sydney's Daily Telegraph saying the much loved TV host would have been 'thrilled' the project was going to be released.

'We are so proud of her and all her efforts. There are an awful lot of things she has campaigned for and lots of those things have come to fruition which is fantastic.

'We are very proud of everything she did in her life and the legacy she left.'

 

 

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