Ben McEachen – Citysearch
Acolytes, which stars Joel Edgerton, has been invited to screen as part of the “Midnight Madness” program at the (Toronto) film festival in September.
Joel Edgerton as a suburban serial killer has appealed to the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. The popular scamp plays the domestic wackjob in Acolytes, which has been invited to screen as part of the “Midnight Madness” program at the film festival in September.
One of only 10 films picked from around the globe, Acolytes (directed by genre meister Jon Hewitt and shot in suburban Queensland last year) selection places it alongside “Midnight Madness” movies including Hostel, Saw, The Machinist, Ong-Bak and a little movie we like to call Borat. Not too shabby, considering the main stars of Acolytes are three unknown Australian teens who try to blackmail murderous Edgerton. That is, Edgerton’s murderous character. Acolytes’ other big weapon is the happening Michael Dorman, a rising NZ/Australian star who is starting to be involved in every second Australian film (Suburban Mayhem to Daybreakers to Prime Mover).
Yep, things are looking good for low-budget but very marketable Acolytes, which will have its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival on August 1. It will also play at the Brisbane International Film Festival on August 8. These prominent public screenings – combined with Toronto – should have a huge bearing upon when we the general public will get to see Acolytes, which doesn’t have a release date.
From what we saw last year on a small but scarifying Acolytes set, Hewitt’s killer-next-door movie should have genre fans lining up.