Based on the critically acclaimed novel by iconic Australian writer Tim Winton, DIRT MUSIC is a tale of love and redemption, set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the Australian West.
Georgie Jutland (Kelly Macdonald) is barely holding it together these days without a drink. Once a nurse, now she’s trapped in the backwater fishing port of White Point with local crayfish baron, Jim Buckridge (David Wenham) and his two sons, whose dead mother she can never hope to replace. One hazy morning she sees the lone figure of Lu Fox (Garret Hedlund) appear in the mists of the bay. A long time ago he was a dirt musician, but now he survives as a poacher – an unwise choice given Jim’s iron-grip on the local fishing trade.
Georgie is instantly drawn to Lu, and the pair begin an intense affair. What Georgie doesn’t realise is that the Foxes and the Buckridges have a long, murky history. Fearing Jim’s fury and haunted by his tragic past, Lu flees north to Coronation Island, a place dear to Georgie’s heart. Discovering Lu has fled, Georgie decides to follow him north with the unlikely help of Jim.
- _""Dirt Music" is a film that begs to explore race, environmental impacts of working-class pursuits, and the law's reflex to “look the other way” to influential power brokers…melodramatic romance at the core has the loudest voice."_ – Blake Howard (Dark Horizons)
- _"Dirt Music is a perfect postcard promotion image for Western Australia, and while it has its fair share of stumbles (…) there is still an undeniable emotional truth to the film that resonates long and loud."_ – Andrew F. Peirce (The Curb)
- _"It is absolutely worth seeing when you want a love story that makes you cry but still has a satisfying ending."_ – Lorry Kikta (Film Threat)