Directed by Andrew Lancaster and Andrew Lancaster
FEATURE NARRATIVE 92 Minutes World Premiere
Set in a 1980s New England suburb, director Andrew Lancaster's stunning debut is a bittersweet drama revolving around a dysfunctional family coping with the consequences of a tragedy. Since he was a young child, Billy Conway has inexplicably been a witness to terrible accidents. When one such accident claims the life of one Conway child and leaves another severely brain-damaged, the weight of holding the family together falls on Billy's shoulders. Dad has moved out, leaving Billy with his difficult brother and bitter mother. Billy, always the good child, begins to stray when he becomes friends with the neighborhood troublemaker, but this surprising bad behavior may lead his family to move on from the past.

Lancaster infuses a magical atmosphere into Accidents Happen with a vivid visual style and striking production design that coat the story with an ethereal quality. Geena Davis is brilliant as Billy's mother, delivering a performance full of nuance while at the same time vitalizing the biting humor laced in screenwriter Brian Carbee's script. And bright newcomer Harrison Gilbertson portrays Billy perfectly as an adolescent caught in the collision of guilt, family responsibility, and self-discovery.
About the Director(s)
Andrew Lancaster graduated from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in 1994. He has directed four short films, including Palace Café and In Search of Mike, a drama that won multiple awards and screened on the Sundance Channel, Channel 4, and a dozen film festivals. His 1994 short Universal Appliance Co. screened at more than 20 film festivals, including Cannes and New York. Between 1994 and 2003, Andrew directed more than 20 music videos and was awarded two ARIA awards. In 1994 he cofounded Supersonic, a music collective responsible for the soundtracks on 11 film and television projects. Accidents Happen is Andrew's feature film debut.

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Cast & Credits
  • Executive Producers:
    Heather Ogilvie, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross
  • Primary Cast:
    Geena Davis, Harrison Gilbertson, Joel Tobeck, Harry Cook, Sebastian Gregory
  • Director:
    Andrew Lancaster
  • Screenwriter:
    Brian Carbee
  • Producer:
    Anthony Anderson

  • Producer
    Anthony Anderson
    Red Carpet Productions
    12/2a Bayswater Road Kings Cross, NSW 2011
    Phone: +61 2 9356 8677
  • Director's Agent
    Sadie Chrestman
    The Cameron Creswell Agency
    61 Malborough Street, 7th floor Surry Hills, NSW 2010
    Phone: +61 2 9319 7199
  • Main Contact
    Stephen Kelliher
    Head of Sales & Marketing Seller
    Bankside Films
    Douglas House - 3 Richmond Buildings, 4th Fl. London, England W1D 3HE
    Phone: P: +44 0 20 7734 3566
  • Print Source
    Laure Vaysse
    Bankside Films
    Douglas House, 3 Richmond Buildings, 4th Floor London, W1D 3HE
    Phone: +44 207 734 35 66