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Gone (2006)

Romantic English couple meets a disarming American psychopath while vacationing in Australia.

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Ringan Ledwidge
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shaun Evans ... Alex
Scott Mechlowicz ... Taylor
Yvonne Strahovski ... Sondra (as Yvonne Strzechowski)
Victoria Thaine ... Lena
Jessica Lemon Jessica Lemon ... Teenage Cashier
Amelia Warner ... Sophie
Zoë Gameau Zoë Gameau ... Ingrid (as Zoe Tuckwell-Smith)
Amelia Cormack ... Gail
Zander Hey Zander Hey ... Friend
Tony Barry ... UTE Driver
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A contemporary psychological thriller in which a young British couple travelling through the Australian outback becomes involved with a mysterious and charismatic American whose motive for imposing his friendship upon them becomes increasingly suspect and sinister. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The trip of a lifetime.

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Middle of Nowhere See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film is considered an Ozploitation picture, an Australian exploitation movie. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the film, when Alex is on the bus, you can see filming equipment (a camera) in the reflection of the window. This is seen whilst the camera is looking side-on at Alex (just before he reads the Australian guide book). See more »

Quotes

Taylor: Man, I'm so hungry I could eat my own ass.
Alex: [laughs] We'll go halves.
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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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I BELIEVE
Performed by I Am Kloot
Courtesy of The Echo Label Ltd
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A commendable directorial debut from Ringan Ledwidge
7 March 2007 | by bigjohnny7See all my reviews

Gone, despite the lame title, is an enjoyable film from first time director Ringan Ledwidge.

A very underplayed thriller revolving around the relationship between a backpacking British couple and a suspicious American, I found the film refreshing for managing to avoid the same traps that most films of this genre stumble with.

The catalyst of the film - the relationship between the two male leads - was handled delicately, full of nuance, and was almost Hitchcockian in its building of suspense.

As the events of the film are comparable to the recent Peter Falconio / Joanne Lees case, it would have been advisable to set the film elsewhere - especially since the vast expanse of the Australian outback has been seen too recently in films like John Hillcoat's 'The Proposition' and Phillip Noyce's 'Rabbit Proof Fence'. A possible alternative for the location of the film could have been New Zealand's South Island - picturesque, isolated, and just as popular with backpackers as Australia.

I was lucky enough to see a preview screening of the film, followed by a Q&A session with Ringan Ledwidge and Amelia Warner. Definitely one to watch, Warner could be a future English rose of the film industry (especially if she manages to avoid wearing orange lamé blouses in public!). Watch this space!

Elsewhere on this site, there is mention of the film being a rip-off of Dead Calm. Although I can see the similarities, Gone is a much more intriguing film. Although the two films deal with the same issues, I see Dead Calm as a popcorn film for the masses. Gone, on the other hand, is much more cerebral and perfect for an audience who appreciates attention to detail.

I would definitely recommend this film to friends.


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