Two personalities at utter cross-purposes are tucked inside a claustrophobic dimly lit interior in David Pulbrook’s low-budget hostage drama Last Dance. Increasing the tension are top-notch performances from veteran actress Julia Blake as an elderly Holocaust survivor, and handsome up-and-comer Firass Dirani as the Palestinian terrorist who takes her captive in her own apartment after a botched suicide bombing at a local synagogue.
Production: A Becker Film Group release of a Screen Australia, Ulah presentation of an Ulah production in association with Film Victoria, Melbourne Film Festival Premiere Fund. Produced by Antony I. Ginnane. Executive producers, William Fayman, Ann Lyons, Peter de Rauch. Directed by David Pulbrook. Screenplay, Terence Hammond & David Pulbrook.
Crew: camera, Lee Pulbrook; editor, Philip Reid; music, Michael Allen; production designer, Les Binns; art director, Ben Bauer; costume designer, Louise McCarthy; sound, Andrew Neil; visual effects supervisor, Scott Zero; visual effects, Chroma Media; stunt coordinator, Reg Roordink; associate producer, Margot McDonald; assistant director, Bob Donaldson; casting, John Hubbard, Ros Hubbard, Marianne Jade. Running time: 89 MIN. Worldwide Theatrical Cinema Release: 2012.
Cast: With: Julia Blake, Firass Dirani, Alan Hopgood, Greg Ulfan, Marta Kaczmarek, Danielle Carter. (English, Arabic, Hebrew dialogue)