WARNING: POSSIBLE MINOR SPOILERS IF YOU’RE SENSITIVE
Australians love to flock to Asia like the British to Bondi Beach on Christmas day. It’s an unofficial rite of passage for Australians to explore the region more than any other. Unfortunately, rather than respect the customs and beauty of places like Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, most visitors decide to treat their trip like a sinful adventure. There is nothing wrong with letting loose while on a holiday but the members of the Bali Nine or Shapelle Corby might beg to differ when it comes to flaunting the law in Asian countries. ‘Wish You Were Here’ is a brilliant Australian film that examines Australians abroad, relationships and the consequences of having a bulletproof attitude when travelling.
Thanks to Hopscotch Films we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to send film writer and critic, Chris Elena to catch up with Kieran Darcy-Smith; the writer and director of the new Australian film ‘Wish You Were Here’.
Darcy-Smith (pictured below) has been in the business for many years starting out as an actor in a handful of Australian television shows including ‘All Saints’ and ‘Blue Heelers’ but has now turned his attention to screenwriting and directing.
As a founding member of Blue Tongue Films (with Joel and Nash Edgerton) his feature film debut, ‘Wish You Were Here’ (in Cinemas 25 April) stars his wife Felicity Price and Joel Edgerton.
‘Wish You Were Here’ tells the story of two couples on a holiday in south-east Asia. The trip takes a dark turn with the mysterious disappearance of one of their friends. As they return home many questions are raised, secrets are revealed and relationships are left hanging in the balance.
In a Q&A roundtable Chris asked him about the writing and directing process as well as shooting on location in Cambodia.
Hit the jump for the interview.