When an English backpacker finds work on a remote Australian farm to satisfy her visa obligations, she soon becomes aware of her boss’s fiendish objectives.
KANGAROO ISLAND is a creepy tale about migrant worker exploitation and Australia’s controversial Working Holiday Visa program, that slowly unfolds as a psychological thriller.
After a year in Melbourne, English backpacker Anna decides she loves Australia so extends her visa an extra year. She finds a job on a remote sheep station on Kangaroo Island to do the mandatory 88 days rural work.
Arriving at a tiny, deserted airport, Anna meets her new boss, Trevor. A kind and good-looking guy, Trev makes every effort to ensure Anna’s stay is comfortable. But she’s surprised to discover she’s the only worker on the farm with virtually no means of communicating with the outside world.
Anna becomes wary of Trev when she suspects his tender-heartedness may just be a ruse for a darker character with ulterior motives. Her suspicions are heightened when she’s woken at 2am one night to the sound of farm utes roaring up the driveway. A gang of Trev’s mates have turned up full of drunken bravado, baying for ‘entertainment’ while Anna lies trembling in her bed, dreading how the night might unfold. When Anna finally uncovers the disturbing truth of Trev’s past, her attempts to escape are thwarted with frightening precision. Anna must now become as calculating and villainous as Trev if she’s to find a way of contacting the outside world. Before the psychological abuse turns deadly.
The film is more than a cautionary tale for the 600,000 backpackers who flock to Australia each year. It also speaks to millions of vulnerable workers world-wide, their trust too often placed in the hands of strangers. The producers will tap that global network to reach an audience of young adults. Genre lovers who go for psych thrillers and horrors with a visceral, heart-pounding sense of danger.
Today’s media is rich with stories of foreign worker abuse, highlighting how topical the subject is. The producers will launch a social media campaign asking backpackers to share their own stories of exploitation, along with our trailer, helping to build a global audience for the film.