Jesse O'Brien (director)
07 September 2020 (released)
09 September 2020
Racism hits hard and fast in Two Heads Creek, in the UK as siblings Norman (Jordan Waller who also wrote it) and Annabelle (Kathryn Wilder) attend a Polish funeral for their mother and are greeted by some very unpleasant abuse from young local residents. However over the course of the funeral the find out they were adopted and decide to go to Australia to find out about their birth mother.
On arriving at Two Heads Creek in a bus load of immigrants. they find that the locals eccentric - to them anyway – suspicious and have some peculiar local customs. Which is why people don’t go there and it’s a 10-hour drive. Getting there it’s as dismal as they expected and find that their birth mother has passed away and they attend what appears to be a spur of the moment funeral.
The family home can only be described as a dump, littered with hundreds of knives. The whole place has the feel of an Oz Royston Vasey and it starts to get very weird. As the twins get further into the town’s story so they find out about the murky business that it is involved in, and at a high level too.
You get a pretty good idea of the direction of Two Heads Creek when the siblings get to their mother’s house and there’s lots of knives and later on a massive meat grinding machine: this stuff is generally not for decoration. This a lot of fun, though it would be understandable if some thought it over the top and maybe uncomfortable with certain aspects of it.
Jesse O’Brien has directed a blood and guts horror comedy that has slivers of social comment running through it relating to both the UK and Australia. That too could be uncomfortable watching for some. But by and large it’s a rollicking ride with the cast fully engaged working brilliantly from Waller’s sharp script.
Two Heads Creek is out now in digital