Mad Bastards is a powerful story about the journey to becoming a man and the personal transformation one must make, written and directed by Brendan Fletcher, best known for his music video and documentary collaborations over the past decade with some of Australia’s top music talents.

It follows the story of TJ, a hard-edged Indigenous man who decides to escape the chaos of the city. He travels to the tiny frontier town of Five Rivers in search of his estranged son, Bullet, who is on the fast track to becoming a mad bastard like his father. Upon his arrival, TJ is confronted by the equally tough local cop, known as Grandpa Tex, who wants to change things for the men in his community. And so begins a story about hard men battling to do the right thing by their families.

The movie is steeped in the distinctive music of legendary Broome musicians the Pigram Brothers in collaboration with multi-ARIA Award winner Alex Lloyd. Their lilting ukulele and mandolin melodies weave like a dream through the central story.

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