ACUTE MISFORTUNE - a film about Adam Cullen
Erik Jensen was an ambitious nineteen-year-old journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald when he was commissioned to write a profile of the painter Adam Cullen, the most prominent painter of his generation, who at forty-two was the youngest ever subject of a career retrospective at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. After reading the article, Cullen invited Jensen to write his biography.
Jensen spent four years on and off with Cullen until his death at the age of 46. This is the story of their increasingly claustrophobic relationship. Cullen lied to Jensen, shot him and threw him from a motorbike. ACUTE MISFORTUNE reveals an iconic artist and an acclaimed journalist in unsparing detail. It is a film about acclaim and identity; theft and the commerce of theft, the instability of lies and the consequences of a flawed contract; and about coming through an abusive relationship to find meaning in its wake.
The debut feature of Thomas M. Wright (Sweet Country, Top of the Lake, Everest), is produced by Plot Media, Blackheath Film and Arenamedia, and features AACTA Best Actor winner Daniel Henshall (Snowtown) as Adam Cullen and with a breakout performance by Toby Wallace (Romper Stomper) as Jensen.
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