CONVICT packs a powerful punch

Congratulations to George Basha and David Field, co-directors and lead actors, on their latest film Convict. Written and developed with passion and sincerity, Convict  has an underlying message that is clearly antiviolence. It also appeals for understanding of the traumas and dilemmas faced by an Australian born soldier fighting an enemy in a country akin to his family’s homeland. I admired The Combination and now Convict made primarily in the old Parramatta Gaol and which I saw January 22. With a strong cast Convict is high energy and makes fantastic use of the gaol’s grim setting. It has, however, a cartoonish quality in its repetitive violent imagery and script. George knows his audience and they responded enthusiastically. Riverside has twice extended the season, but with a more nuanced approach, George deserves to reach a wider audience.



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