ABC Premieres ‘Here Out West’ and ‘8 Nights Out West’
Arka Das, one of the writers and stars of Here Out West, speaks with Felix Shannon of Tuesday Drive about the film’s upcoming television premiere on Sunday, the 14th of August at 8:30pm on ABC TV and ABC iview.
Synopsis: ‘When a baby is kidnapped from a hospital by a desperate grandmother, her flight sets off a chain of events that bring together complete strangers over the course of one dramatic day’
Opening the Sydney Film Festival last year, the anthology feature Here Out West has been received positively by critics and audiences alike. Trailer
Featuring an exceptional ensemble cast and eight different stories – forming a ‘multi-cultural mosaic’ of the Western Sydney community – the film was helmed by five powerful female directors and eight talented emerging writers, each of whom approach their stories with their own creative statement to make.
In the lead up to the film’s release, ABC have also been screening a short form documentary series titled 8 Nights Out West. Hosted by Arka Das, the series is inspired by the eight distinct chapters and writers from Here Out West with each episode focusing on ‘a different culture and their culinary traditions.’
Here Out West Cast: Genevieve Lemon (Top of the Lake, The Power Of The Dog), Leah Vandenberg (The Hunting, The Letdown), Arka Das (Lion, Mulan), Gabrielle Chan (Hungry Ghosts, Jasper Jones), Jing-Xuan Chan (Harrow, The Family Law), Thuso Lekwape (The Principal, Pulse), Rahel Romahn (The Principal, Mr Inbetween), De Lovan Zandy Mia-Lore Bayeh, Christian Ravello, Khoi Trinh, Christine Milo and Brandon Nguyen.
Here Out West Writers: Nisrine Amine, Bina Bhattacharya, Matias Bolla, Claire Cao, Arka Das, Dee Dogan, Vonne Patiag, and Tien Tran.
Here Out West Directors: Fadia Abboud (Barons, Australian Gangster), Lucy Gaffy (Irreverant, Amazing Grace), Julie Kalceff (First Day, Starting From Now), Ana Kokkinos (Fires, The Hunting, Blessed) & Leah Purcell (The Drover’s Wife, Cleverman).