Australia’s tautest, most cunningly scripted psychological thriller since The Interview unfolds over the course of one hot summer night on the midnight train to Freemantle, Perth.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2006
We are honoured (and lucky) to host the world première of the tautest, most cunningly scripted psychological thriller to come out of Australia since The Interview. Set over the course of one hot summer night, the action unfolds in a carriage on the midnight train to Fremantle, the port city on the outskirts of Perth. Onto this train step two thugs: Steve, who has the demeanour of a loaded gun, and Trev, his clownish sidekick. All they have to look forward to are a beer and a brawl at the other end of the line. That is, until beautiful, posh, law student Lisa steps into the carriage, alone, and seemingly unaware that the train guards are on strike. Add to the already volatile mix a couple of extra passengers, who board the train at Perth Central, and you’re in for a hair-curling joyride through the psyche and suburbs of a city seething with class prejudice, resentment and desire. Adapted from a successful play and directed by experienced actor and theatre director Jeremy Sims, Last Train to Freo has more surprises up its sleeve than a cardsharps’ convention. — Bianca Zander