Dry, The: Eric Bana Shines in Robert Connolly’s Aussie Thriller

Eric Bana plays a federal city police detective, drawn back to his rural Australian roots by a brutal crime that dovetails with an unsolved mystery from his adolescence in Robert Connolly’s thriller.

The cracked clay riverbeds, wheat fields turned to straw and parched forests of ghostly trees in the fictional Australian town of Kiewarra paint a vivid picture of the economic despair of prolonged drought and the fears of a bushfire that could quickly rip through the depressed farming community.

That haunted canvas is the tinderbox to which a local man returns to after 20 years’ absence in Robert Connolly’s moody crime mystery The Dry.

It also provides a strong vehicle for a comeback of the handsome and talented star, Eric Bana (Munich), appearing in a tale ripe with anxiety and suspicion, to lead his first homegrown feature in more than a decade.