Showing From: Thursday 12 Jan 2017


Classification: M mature themes, drug use, sex scenes, coarse language
Run time: 102 minutes
Genre: Drama, True Crime
Director: Sotiris Dounoukos
Writer: Sotiris Dounoukos, Matt Rubinstein
Cast: Maggie Naouri, Jerome Meyer, Sacha Joseph, Gia Carides, Tony Nikolakopoulos

Joe Cinque’s Consolation by award winning filmmaker Sotiris Dounoukos, is the adaptation of Helen Garner’s best-selling account of these true-life events: an examination of collective and individual responsibility, and a crime that shocked Australia.

In early 1997 Anu Singh, a beautiful law student at the Australian National University, confides in friends that she plans to kill herself to put an end to a mysterious illness.
With doctors unable or unwilling to help, Anu’s engineer boyfriend, Joe Cinque, attempts to get to the bottom of her condition. But Anu’s mental and emotional state disintegrate, and her plans grow more macabre.

“Joe Cinque was killed in October 1997 when his girlfriend Anu Singh sedated him with Rohypnol before injecting Cinque with a lethal dose of heroin. The highly publicised Canberra trial gained greater infamy when writer Helen Garner made the trial the subject of her 2004 book Joe Cinque’s Consolation, one that takes on board Garner’s personal reactions along with finding some kind of natural justice for the victim. With this film adaptation, Cinque is given a new voice, while the public gets a chance for some new perspective on this continuously fascinating part of Australia’s criminal law history.”