– AROUND THE BLOCK directed by first-time feature film director Sarah Spillane will have its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Starring Golden Globe® and Emmy Award® nominee Christina Ricci (Bel Ami, Monster), Around the Block also features a breakout performance from newcomer Hunter Page-Lochard and an outstanding Australian supporting cast including Jack Thompson (The Great Gatsby), Damien Walshe-Howling (Underbelly, Mystery Road), Daniel Henshall (Not Suitable for Children, Snowtown), Matt Nable (Underbelly, Bikie Wars) and media celebrity, Ruby Rose.
AROUND THE BLOCK is about breaking cycles and building dreams. Set in a contemporary, tough, inner-city precinct, this is a story of revenge and triumph, as a teenage boy is torn between his unexpected love of theatre and the disintegration of his family. With encouragement from his unconventional American drama teacher, he confronts his past and eventually takes control of his future.
Christina Ricci commented: “I am thrilled to be a part of ‘Around the Block.’ I can’t wait for audiences to discover this film and fall in love with the story just as I did when I first read the script”
Around the Block will be released nationally in cinemas in early November by Greenlight Releasing with Arclight Films handling international sales.
AROUND THE BLOCK is produced by Brian Rosen and Su Armstrong and executive produced by Jack Thompson.