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A tense crime drama

Stephanie Sutcliffe

A 2010 Oscar-nominated Australian crime drama, Animal Kingdom, comes to the screen at Bahrain Cinema Club tonight from 7pm.

Director David Michôd’s script was inspired by events which involved the criminal Pettingill family of Melbourne.

In 1991, two brothers Trevor Pettingill and Victor Peirce along with two other men, Anthony Leigh Farrell and Peter David McEvoy were acquitted of the 1988 shooting murder of two police officers.

The storyline follows young Joshua “J” Cody who is taken in by his extended family after his mother dies of an overdose.

This branch of the Cody clan, overseen by J’s scheming grandmother, Janine, is heavily involved in various criminal activities, and they quickly indoctrinate the boy into their way of life.

However, J is given an opportunity to take a different route when a cop named Leckie seeks to help him leave the family fold.

The 2010 film won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Film at the Sundance Film Festival. Jacki Weaver was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. For further information, call 39682323.

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