Rams

Director: Jeremy Sims Run Time: 118 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2021

Starring: Asher Keddie, Michael Caton, Miranda Richardson, Sam Neill

Country: Australia
Language: English

Presented in the Virtual Screening Room in partnership with Samuel Goldwyn.

“A lovely, even-tempered drama about men and rural life, gentle but firm of spirit, with a down-to-earth pith and a way of entertainingly and unpretentiously exploring potentially difficult subjects such as masculinity.”

– Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian

About the film:

A charming Australian adaptation of the 2015 Cannes prize-winning Icelandic film from Grímur Hákonarson. Official Selection of Cinefest Oz 2020, West Australia’s prestigious mini-festival.

In remote Western Australia, two estranged brothers are at war. Raising separate flocks of sheep descended from their family’s prized bloodline, the two men work side by side yet are worlds apart. When a prize ram is diagnosed with a rare and lethal illness, authorities order a purge of every sheep in the valley. The warring brothers must aside their differences to reunite their family, save their herd, and bring their community back together.

About the filmmakers:

Director, writer, and actor, Jeremy Sims is a veteran of the stage and the screen. After graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1990, he has appeared in many Australian theater productions, television series, and movies, including the popular TV soaps Chances and Home and Away. Nominated multiple times for Australian Film Institute awards, he won Best Actor in a lead role for a Drama for Aftershocks (1998).

In 1995, Sims co-founded Pork Chop Productions focused on creating and telling uniquely Australian stories. The company’s universally acclaimed 2003-2004 stage play Last Cab to Darwin was inspired by the story of a taxi driver who crossed the continent seeking euthanasia after a terminal diagnosis.

Sims and Reg Cribb adapted the play for the screen with Michael Caton in the lead role. The film was runner-up for the Best Narrative Feature Audience Award at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival, and was awarded Best Adapted Screenplay by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, with Caton earning Best Lead Actor for his performance.

Caton previously worked with Rams co-star Sam Neill on the internationally popular soap opera The Sullivans back in 1979. Hear from the cast and director on reuniting to work on Rams or go behind-the-scenes with director Jeremy Sims and Screen Australia. 

Rams screenplay adapted by Jules Duncan in his first feature film.

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