Acute Misfortune 91 mins

  • Acute Misfortune
  • Acute Misfortune
  • Acute Misfortune

Daniel Henshall stars as infamous Archibald Prize-winning artist Adam Cullen in this lyrical adaptation of Erik Jensen’s acclaimed biography.

When 19-year-old wunderkind journalist Erik Jensen (now editor of The Saturday Paper) was invited by bad-boy Australian painter Adam Cullen to write his biography, Jensen (Toby Wallace, Romper Stomper) jumped at the chance. Despite a turbulent relationship, the two formed a unique bond that lasted until Cullen’s death in 2012 aged just 46.

Shooting in the Blue Mountains where Cullen was based, ACUTE MISFORTUNE spins Jensen’s award-winning book into a subtle, striking tale of two wildly different men. Making his debut as a feature film filmmaker, theatre director and actor Thomas M Wright (Top of the Lake, Balibo) delivers a portrait of the writer and of the artist as a troubled and troubling man. With remarkable access – Daniel Henshall (The Babadook, Snowtown) wears Cullen’s actual clothing as he fully inhabits the role, and the artworks that appear onscreen are the real deal – this MIFF Premiere Fund-supported feature was co-scripted by Jensen, with Wright, and is executive produced by Robert Connolly (Paper Planes, Tim Winton’s The Turning, These Final Hours).

★★★★★ 'An enthralling, complex triumph.The best and most interesting bio-pic since Chopper.' - The Guardian

'A striking debut...a compelling, immersive work.' - The Australian

'One of the year's most striking and accomplished  directorial debuts.' - Hollywood Reporter.

'Full of rich imagery and insight...superbly done.' - 3AW

'Might just be the best Australian film of the last ten years' - Beat Magazine

' A thunderously great film.' -  The Lowdown Under

'A blistering no-holds-barred cinematic portrait.' -  Screen Daily

'A startling, unique vision.' -  The Age

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An artist biopic that swaggeringly busts the limitations of the well-worn subgenre, Acute Misfortune is one of the year's most striking and accomplished directorial debuts.
Hollywood Reporter
5stars
A beautifully made and intensely thoughtful portrait of the life of controversial Archibald-winning painter Adam Cullen, based on the journalist and Saturday Paper editor Erik Jensen's wild and compelling book of the same name.
The Guardian
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