Synopsis: Newcomers to the remote Australian desert town of Nathgari, Catherine and Matthew Parker's lives are flung into crisis when they discover their two teenage kids, Tommy and Lily, have mysteriously disappeared just before a massive dust storm hits. With Nathgari eerily smothered in red dust and darkness, the townsfolk join the search led by local cop, David Rae. It soon becomes apparent that something terrible may have happened to Tommy and Lily. Suspicions run riot, rumours spread and public opinion turns savagely against the Parkers. With temperatures rising and the chances of survival plummeting with each passing day, Catherine and Matthew find themselves pushed to the brink as they struggle to survive the mystery of their children's fate.
Director(s): Kim Farrant
Production: Alchemy
  1 win & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

Touch in the dark.

No-one can see.

Touch in the dark.


touch me.

Records are being broken as eastern

Australia bakes in extreme heat.

Did you walk last night?


You have got to stop doing that.

Oh, hello, Mr Parker.

Morning, Burtie.

I got the varnish you asked for.

Great. Do you want to go

out the back, get started?

Hi, Burtie.

- Hi, Lily.

- Catherine!

Out the back, Burtie.

Would you put some clothes on, please?


I thought I threw that out.

I rescued it.


come on, you're going to be late.

Can't you drive us, Mum?

Isn't there a rule that

says school's cancelled

if it's over 40 degrees?



Catching the bus is a good way

to get to know the other kids.

I don't want to get to know them.

You want to have friends, don't you?

Not from this shithole of a town.

Uh-uh. You know the rules.

Can I have some money, Dad?

Where's your sister?

She's outside, waiting.

We thought we'd get

an ice-cream on the way home.



That's it.

Don't let her out of your sight, OK?

Is that all?

Thanks, Dad.

- Hello.

- Hi.

Can you give my brother a cigarette?

Yeah, sure.

You do that yourself?


I like it.

Come with me.


Oh! Go, Stevie!

Shit. Jarrah! Jarrah,

what are you doing home?

Uncle Burtie picked me up.

G'day, Jarrah.

Mum, what are you doing with the pig?

Shh! He's not a pig.

Come on, get out.

Hey, Burtie.

Hey, Rae.

Hey, mate, next time you decide

to pick up Jarrah early...

you give us a heads-up?



Never mind, mate.

I've gotta go back to work.

Do you want to watch the footy after?

Yeah, sure.

Lily, you in there?


You need anything washed

for the morning?

Just these, thanks.

Where'd you go after school?

To the skate park.

Did Tommy go with you?

Can't keep calling him Tommy anymore.

Did he?

- What?

- Go with you.

Yeah. Of course.


Stop it!


I just thought he was born that way.


He was hit by a car when he was a kid.

- Who was?

- Burtie.

He's got the most amazing scar

on the back of his head.

Well, I just don't want you

distracting him from his work.

Yes, ma'am.

- Dad?

- Mm-hm?

There's a concert coming up

in a couple of weeks

in Coonaburra,

and some of my friends are going,

and I was thinking maybe I could go too.

You must be joking.

No. Why?

I think you know very well why.


Lily, you know we can't allow you to...

Oh, for f*ck's sake.

Hey. That's enough.

It's just a concert.

- How long do we have to stay here?

- Oh, come on. You love it here.

Shut up. It's all your fault we're here.

- Thanks, guys.

- Lily...

You know, you can be

a real arsehole sometimes, Dad.

I'm just saying

she does whatever she wants.

She's almost as out of control

as you were.

Never cares how it affects anyone else.

Well, you married me.

Sleep here tonight.

It's too bloody hot. Neither

of us will get any sleep.

Mmm. Please?

What are you doing?

Come on. You used to like it

when I did this.

Don't. Don't.

I'll see you in the morning.


I hate it here.

What do you think we should

have done, Catherine?

Step backwards for me, this

bloody town. You know that?


Yeah, we all know that.

What's that supposed to mean?

What is that supposed to mean?

Oh, God.

Hey, it's me.

Did the kids go in with you

this morning?

No, I left early. Why? Anything wrong?

I guess... I guess I just missed them.

I slept late.

Oh. They must have left just after me.



There's... talk of a dust storm

running through later.

So, just make sure everything's

shut up good and tight, OK?

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