Cut Snake is a tense, psychologically driven crime thriller in which one man discovers his biggest enemy to putting the past behind him may be only himself. Set in Melbourne in the mid-1970s, Cut Snake tells the story of Sparra Farrell (Alex Russell), an ex-convict who is trying to make a new life for himself in a new city. He has found honest work and even becomes engaged but the prospect of this new life is challenged when his foreboding and charismatic cell mate Pommie (Sullivan Stapleton) tracks him down upon his own release. Sparra finds himself enigmatically drawn back toward a world and a man that he was certain he had wanted to leave behind.
"CUT SNAKE... A TERRIFIC TITLE FOR THIS DARK, ROMANTIC CRIME THRILLER. ENGROSSING THANKS TO ITS EYE-CANDY CAST OF RISING STARS, NOTABLY A FEROCIOUS BUT EMOTIONALLY EXPOSED PERFORMANCE FROM SULLIVAN STAPLETON. THE SEXUAL TENSION... HANGS IN THE AIR LIKE STORM CLOUDS."
- THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"IT'S FEVERISHLY, GENRE-SHAKINGLY DIFFERENT. STAPLETON'S MAGNETICALLY COILED PERFORMANCE."
- THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
"CUT SNAKE IS A SEXY, TAUNT AUSTRALIAN THRILLER."
- KARL QUINN, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
"A THRILLING RIDE. 3 1/2. A NOIRISH PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER. STAPLETON IS AN INTIMIDATING PRESENCE... WITH A GRIPPING PORTRAYAL."
- THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC
"FOR THE FIRST 30 MINUTES OR SO, EVERY MOVEMENT, GLANCE, AND GESTURE RESULTS IN SEXUAL TENSION THAT EVENTUALLY BRINGS US TO AN ENDING FRAUGHT WITH SUSPENSE."
- SAN DIEGO READER
"A WORK OF COMPELLING UGLINESS... IT MANAGES TO DELIVER A FULLY SATISFYING AND MOVING EXPERIENCE. POMMIE IS A SPECTACULAR CINEMATIC INVENTION."
- THE FILM STAGE
"FEEL FREE TO ADD MELBOURNE-BORN SULLIVAN STAPLETON TO THAT LIST OF ACTORS WHO SEEM TO APPEAR OUT OF NOWHERE, GRAB YOU BY THE THROAT AND LEAVE YOU KICKING AND SCREAMING FOR MORE."
- MOVIE CITY NEWS
"SULLIVAN STAPLETON SHINES. SOME OF THE BEST CRIME DRAMAS OVER THE LAST DECADE HAVE COME OUT OF AUSTRALIA. NOW ONE CAN ADD CUT SNAKE TO THAT LIST... AN OPPORTUNITY FOR AUDIENCES TO SEE THE FULL FORCE OF WHAT THIS REMARKABLE ACTOR IS CAPABLE OF. IT'S THE KIND OF VASTLY REWARDING PICTURE THAT DEMONSTRATES THE HIGH QUALITY OF AUSTRALIAN CINEMA."
"3 STARS. A SURPRISINGLY KNOTTY PATH THAT MAKES FOR AN INTRIGUING AND APPREHENSIVELY SWEATY YARN. ONCE IT'S REVEALED, IT COMPLETELY CHANGES WHAT HAD SEEMED LIKE A FAMILIAR DYNAMIC INTO SOMETHING MUCH MORE DANGEROUS. THE ARRESTING PARTS OF CUT SNAKE ... IS SIMPLY THE SKIN IT LIVES IN, COVERING A DARKER, MORE TREACHEROUS INTERIOR."
- ION CINEMA
Directed By: Tony Ayres
Written By: Blake Ayshford
Produced By: Trevor Blainey, Michael McMahon
Sullivan Stapleton (Blindspot, 300: Rise of an Empire, Animal Kingdom, Gangster Squad), Alex Russell (Unbroken, Chronicle, The Host), Jessica De Gouw (Dracula, Arrow)