Summer in Australia evokes a unique kind of beauty and tension. Something that Rhys Graham’s debut feature Galore sets out to depict but unfortunately falls short.
Billie (Ashleigh Cummings) has a secret, she is in love and sleeping with her best friend Laura’s (Lily Sullivan) boyfriend. The arrival of Isaac (Aliki Matangi), a troubled teen, disrupts the delicate love triangle, changing their lives forever.
Though full of potential, Galore ultimately strays into cliché. The characters lack chemistry and their performances are at times one dimensional. Adolescence is a tumultuous time, but a heavy reliance on swearing to portray these emotions means the teens become parodies. The most interesting and largest source of tension – the looming presence of bushfire – is heavy-handed and unable to provide the cathartic climax needed. (ATS)