Empty Metal

  • Queensland Premiere
  • Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer
  • USA (2019)
  • 18+
85 min

A punk band is ensnared within an assassination conspiracy by an Indigenous family who communicate telepathically and plan to take advantage of the band’s upcoming tour for their conspiracy. While this motley crew go about their business, drones fly overhead, seeing all.

A striking underground thriller from US First Nations filmmaker Adam Khalil in collaboration with Bayley Sweitzer. Adam and Bayley’s Empty Metal, with its combo of punk poetics and gallery aesthetics is another standout film.

Grounding Empty Metal’s conspiracy plot is the filmmakers’ decision to genuinely question what the appropriate response is to being colonised and bending the film’s logic to this. As the film’s heroes, a bunch of noise musicians preparing
for a tour, are willingly brought into a political conspiracy, the audience is also sucked into a new world with different rules.

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  • Language
    English
  • Director
    Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer
  • Cast
    Austin Sley Julian, Rose Mori, Sam Richardson, Pawel Wojtasik
  • Screenwriter
    Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer
  • Genre
    Experimental, Politics, Thriller

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