‘Below’ Trailer: A Bonkers-Looking Vision of Australia’s Asylum-Seeker Detention System

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Check out the trailer that Madman Films has released for Below, an upcoming pitch-black Aussie comedy starring Anthony LaPaglia and Ryan Corr.

Australia’s controversial and highly argued about asylum-seeker detention system gets the spotlight in this satire. Set in the near future, the film follows a darkweb con-artist (Corr, Holding the Man), who agrees to work at the refugee detention centre where his stepdad (LaPaglia, Lantana) works in order to pay back a debt. Things, of course, go nuts.

It’s an artsy trailer that does a good job of teasing a highly off-kilter tone and some of pretty provocative elements, even if it’s hard to get a sense of what we’ll really be in for. There could be a good discussion piece here.

Below, the feature debut for director Norwegian-born Iranian-Australian director Maziar Lahooti and written by Ian Wilding, is released on Australian DVD and Digital on July 8.

Official synopsis for Below:

Starring Ryan Corr and Anthony LaPaglia, BELOW is a pitch-black comedy with a uniquely provocative take on Australia’s asylum-seeker detention system. When darkweb con-artist Dougie lands in the bloody deep end of a scam gone wrong, his gruff stepdad, Terry, agrees to pay off his debts. In return, Dougie must take a job at the refugee detention centre where Terry works. Ever the grifter, Dougie discovers a way to make cash by live-streaming the underground fight club run by the centre’s morally bankrupt security staff. But when things inevitably go south, Dougie may be the only one willing to take a stand.


Norwegian-born Iranian-Australian director Maziar Lahooti makes his feature debut with this devilishly dark comedy, adapted for the screen by Perth playwright Ian Wilding from his award-winning play of the same name. Joining Corr (Holding the Man) and LaPaglia (Balibo) in the ring are The Heights’ Phoenix Raei and The Kettering Incident’s Alison Whyte, as well as Morgana O’Reilly (Wentworth) and Zenia Star (The Merger). Below isn’t afraid to get its hands dirty as it tackles hard issues, resulting in a deliberately provocative dare of a film that’s bound to get audiences talking.

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