Quality Australian drama movies are a dime a dozen, however
memorable Australian drama movies are something entirely different
and The Ten Empty falls into this category. The story revolves
around a family who lost their mother after a history of mental
Elliot (Daniel Frederikson) left his family home and
ventured towards Sydney, whereas his father Ross (Geoff Morrell)
married his mother's sister Diane (Lucy Bell). His younger brother
Brett (Tom Budge) was left devastated from these string of events
and withdrew into his own mind, similar to that of his mother.
Elliot returns after ten years later, emotions skyrocket between Elliot
and his father with Brett left in the background and his mental
health worsening. The relationship between Elliot and Ross is quite
disheartening at times, whereas Diane is the suffering wife who
silently waits in the shadows, much similar to that of Brett
The director brilliantly highlights the flaws of humanity and
that of the family unit in this gripping tale of emotions, guilt and
conclusions. Even the dialogue of the Ten Empty is quite realistic
at times and showcases some of the flaws of society and the widening
gap between the family of yesterday and the family of today.
Featuring 16:9 widescreen, the images are quite sharp in the Ten
Empty, however the colour palette does feel a little muted at times.
For lovers of special features, the DVD contains an interesting
documentary regarding the making of the movie plus interviews with
Anthony Hayes & Brendan Cowell. Lastly it contains a great
commentary by both Hayes and Cowell with a short film by Anthong
Definitely one of the better Australia drama movies.
DVD Special Features
Interview with co-writer/director Anthony Hayes and co-writer/actor
Brendan Cowell from ABC's AT THE MOVIES
Commentary with co-writer/director Anthony Hayes and co-writer/actor
Short film by Anthony Hayes