Brothers’ Nest / Clayton Jacobson

  • Country and year: Australia 2018
  • Rating: 16
  • Duration: 102 min
  • Director: Clayton Jacobson
  • Writer: Jaime Browne, Chris Pahlow
  • Producer(s): Jason Byrne, Clayton Jacobson
  • Cinematographer: Peter Falk
  • Music: Richard Pleasance
  • Cast: Shane Jacobson, Clayton Jacobson, Kim Gyngell, Lynette Curran, Sarah Snook
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP

”Razor-sharp, darkly funny, and tense”
– Brian Tallerico /

”There’s much to enjoy in this darkly comic update of Cain and Abel”
– Karl Quinn / The Age

”Will make you laugh, hold tight to the armrest of your seat, and then cry with its tale of a dysfunctional family”
– Rafael Motamayor / Flickering Myth

”A perfectly executed blend of twisted family dramatics, black comedy and bloody violence”
– Matthew Pejkovic / Matt’s Movie Reviews

”Jeff (Clayton Jacobson) and Terry (Shane Jacobson) are middle-aged brothers who have come up with a plan to ensure that their family home doesn’t go to their stepfather when their cancer ridden mother kicks the bucket. They are going to kill him. Unfortunately for them, they have to survive each other first in this black as pitch comedic thriller —.

Director Jacobson’s depiction of the collapse of this already tenuous brotherly bond is marvelous. It’s very easy to maintain genial relations with family when you don’t have to deal with them on a regular basis, however, when it comes down to doing the dirty work, the seams start to show pretty quickly. Brothers’ Nest takes a simple plot and weaves in these very relatable challenges that everyone faces on some level in a brilliant and unexpected way, and what looks like a black comedy has some surprising emotional stakes that don’t show until the final few minutes.

As everything falls apart for Jeff and Tez, the audience is treated to a spectacular crescendo of mishaps that takes the decaying brothers’ relationship and drop it off a cliff. Reminiscent of the best of the Coens’ work, Brothers’ Nest is a future classic in the making.” – J Hurtado / ScreenAnarchy

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