West of Sunshine


West of Sunshine (2017)



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A father has less than a day to pay back a debt to a violent loan shark. His day is turned upside down when he is forced by his ex-wife to look after their young son. As he grows increasingly desperate in his ways to pay back the debt, he is taken on a journey to confront his addiction and let go of his past.


Critic Reviews for West of Sunshine

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2)

[A] handsomely lensed slice of life ...

Sep 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Fatherhood gets an incisive examination in "West of Sunshine," the short, sharp and rewarding feature debut of Australian writer-director Jason Raftopoulos.

Sep 1, 2017 | Full Review…

The endearing dynamic between the central father and son isn't enough to disguise the frailty of this material, as it lacks any continuity of suspense or the urgency necessary for hard-hitting stories like this.

Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…

introduces a new filmmaking talent in Jason Raftopoulus who blends grit and tenderness into a disarmingly poignant package.

Sep 8, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Strong scenes abound, though there are some major stumbles in the film's tonal shifts as well as some inconsistencies in the story. Still, the film can't be faulted for its ambition or its widescreen cinematography.

Aug 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Though Thom Neal's photography is at times needlessly jittery, the film offers a convincing visualisation of an urban jungle where its misguided protagonist is constantly making the wrong decisions.

Aug 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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