Synopsis: On a family trip in the African desert, a research scientist unintentionally travels off course and is brutally murdered by an arms dealer. His girlfriend is put to the ultimate survival test as she attempts to evade the killers and protect his teenage daughter.
Director(s): Evelyn Purcell
Production: Phase 4 Films
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92 min








Most people think of

hyenas as cowardly scavengers,

waiting around

impotently for leftovers

while the stronger, faster

animals eat their fill.

They're wrong.

There's a lot more

to them than that.

Look at them.

Hyenas are fierce hunters.

They're all muscle, teeth.

Their top speed is about

35 miles an hour.

Now, the brain of the spotted hyena

is unusually large in

relation to its body size.

Question is, why did these

hyenas evolve such a brain?

It could have been

environmental challenges or...

Or as with the human brain,

it may have derived from them

living in complex social groups.

Now, over the past 18 months,

we've darted and collared a few

who I've come to

know as individuals.

I look forward to meeting up with

them again on this next trip.

Listen, observing the way these

animals these animals live

is far better than any

show on television.


The boots seem tough to get off.

So, how'd it go with

the Sar people?

(RUSSIAN ACCENT) They would be happy to have

me teach search and rescue here in America.




Come here.


I haven't taken the job yet.

I wanted to talk to

you about it first.


Well, what's there to talk about?

Take it. Take the job.



- Do you need to get that?

- No.




God, finally!

- What's going on?

Jo and some friends got picked

up by the cops. They had drugs!

- Jo had drugs?

- Weed, some pills.

- I want you to take her with you.

- What? Where?

- On your field trip of course.

- No, this is a work trip.

We're gonna be out in

the middle of nowhere.

Exactly. Maybe you can get through

to her, because I just can't.

Let me talk to her.

Jo! Jo! It's your father.

Hi, dad.

- What's going on, Jo?

- Nothing.


Your mom said you got caught with weed and

your friends had pills. What is going on?

Oh, my God! I already told

mom they weren't mine.

She wants you to go

on this trip with us.


What? You don't want to?

(SCOFFS) Not with her.

Well, Tally's nonnegotiable.

Do you understand that?

Doesn't she have some

disaster to go to?

She's taking some time off

before she starts a new job.

This is a holiday for her.


Great, a "holiday" with Tally.

- Just what I always wanted.

- Jo, come on, all right?

Hey! Jo!

Jo? Jo?

She just walked off as usual.

Listen, Miriam, I don't

think this is a good idea.

Our daughter is headed down a

bad path, and I need your help.

She needs you, Paul.

Yeah, okay. You're right.

Let me talk to Tally,

and I'll call you back.

(SCOFFS) Okay.


Jo's hanging with the wrong crowd.

(SIGHS) She's in trouble again.

Miriam's beside herself.


She's just 13. This is

only the beginning.

Miriam wants her to go with us.


I told her I'd talk to you first.

I need to do this, Tal.

I haven't been there as

much as I should be.

I know. But what will

she do there, Paul?

We've camped out in some

pretty remote places before.

Maybe it'll be good for her.

She was a girl scout.

She isn't a girl scout anymore.

That's true.

What can I say?

Whatever you like. You always do.

- Okay.

- Thanks, babe.


It'll be one hell of a trip, huh?

You're in Africa, ladies. Hang on!



You okay, Jo?




That's them. We're

in the right place.

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Anne Brooksbank

Anne Mary Brooksbank (born 1943) is an Australian writer. She has written a number of novels as well as scripts for film and TV.She teaches screenwriting at The Australian Film Television and Radio School. more…

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