The Mule (image 1)

Raw, intense, and heroically crafted, I’ve never felt more violated by a movie I fully enjoyed

Matt Donato, We Got This Covered

The Mule 2014

Directed by Angus Sampson, Tony Mahony Fresh

A reluctant and seriously inept drug-runner finds himself in police custody with a belly full of heroin in this ingeniously gut-wrenching comedy of suspense set in the Melbourne crime-world of the 80s.

Australia In English, Russian and Thai with English subtitles
97 minutes CinemaScope/DCP
R16 (content may disturb, offensive language, violence)

Producers

Angus Sampson
,
Jane Liscombe

Screenplay

Leigh Whannell
,
Angus Sampson
,
Jaime Browne

Photography

Stefan Duscio

Editor

Andy Canny

Music

Mikey Young
,
Cornel Wilczek

With

Hugo Weaving
,
Angus Sampson
,
Leigh Whannell
,
Ewen Leslie
,
Geoff Morrell
,
Georgina Haig
,
Noni Hazlehurst
,
John Noble

Festivals

SXSW 2014

Elsewhere

Based, if you can believe it, on a true story, The Mule draws us into the misadventures of Ray, a good-hearted idiot who agrees to play mule under pressure from his drug-running mate, Gavin. Culminating in his detention in police custody with a belly full of heroin-packed condoms, The Mule spins its most gut-wrenching twists out of young Ray’s need to keep what’s in his bowel from leaving his bowel. Detectives, bent and straight, vie with gangsters to mine the valuable cache in Ray’s fundament, chief among them Hugo Weaving as grand-standing bad cop. Ray’s parents wade in, way out of their depth, his peppy legal aid rep Jasmine stands up to male swagger, and the rest of Australia goes troppo for the America’s Cup (it’s unmistakably 1983 in every sharply dressed frame). Co-directed by Tony Mahony and Angus Sampson (who plays Ray), the script was co-written with Leigh Whannell (writer of the much grislier Saw), who plays Gavin. Sporting a connoisseur’s eye for gormlessness and small-time corruption, it’s wily, funny and contains at least one feat of on-screen grossness disgusting enough to unite an audience in an ecstatic howl of protest. 

 

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Screening With This Feature

Coconut 2014

10 minutes

Director

A surprising turn of events tests the friendship of two road-tripping mates. Screening with The Mule