A crime drama about the hope for redemption and the search for the truth, Downriver released in 2015 is the feature debut of Australian filmmaker Grant Scicluna. The film follows James, a teenager who gets reintegrated into society after serving time in juvenile detention for having allegedly drowned a little boy when he was a child. The film stars Reef Ireland, Charles Grounds and Tom Green.
“Having gay characters didn’t seem strange to me. What did end up being strange was having to fight for them. I had to fight for the characters’ sexualities right through the whole process of writing and financing. There were lots of people who wanted to make some of the boys into straight girls or take the boys’ sexuality out of the film.”