Monster Pictures / 14 July 2021

COMING HOME IN THE DARK Australian Premiere & Cinema Release Announced!

COMING HOME IN THE DARK will have its Australian Premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) this August ahead of its nationwide theatrical release by Monster Pictures on September 9th.

What’s more both MIFF’s Australian Premiere and Encore sessions will be accompanied by a post-screening Q&A with co-writer/director James Ashcroft and actor Erik Thomson.

COMING HOME IN THE DARK is a nail-biting thriller follows a teacher who is forced to confront a secret from his past when a pair of ruthless drifters take his family on a nightmare road-trip.

Based on a short story written by award-winning New Zealand author Owen Marshall, COMING HOME IN THE DARK’S screenplay was adapted by James Ashcroft and his long-time collaborator, writer Eli Kent (MILLIE LIES LOW). As both director and executive producer, the film is James Ashcroft’s feature film directorial debut. COMING HOME IN THE DARK stars Daniel Gillies (THE ORIGINALS), Erik Thomson (THE LUMINARIES), Miriama McDowell (HEAD HIGH) and Matthias Luafutu (GHOST IN THE SHELL).

Ashcroft describes COMING HOME IN THE DARK’s short story as both brutal and poetic, capturing his attention immediately. Ashcroft first optioned the story a decade ago, commenting: “I was utterly compelled by its tone and setting, along with its events and characters. It’s a huge privilege for us to have been trusted in bringing Owen Marshall’s work to the screen. I’m looking forward to sharing this simple, terrifying and universal story with Australian audiences.”


Australian Premiere w/ Q&A
Friday 6 August 9:15pm
Hoyts Melbourne Central

Encore w/ Q&A
Saturday 7 August 9:00pm
Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn

COMING HOME IN THE DARK will open in Australian cinemas from September 9.