Best Australian Feature · The Age Critics Award
Daniel Henshall (Snowtown, The Babadook) stars as Adam Cullen in this lyrical and moving portrait of the infamous artist who won the Archibald for his now world-famous portrait of actor David Wenham.
When wunderkind journalist Erik Jensen was personally invited by bad-boy painter Adam Cullen to write his biography, it was to be the start of a strange, turbulent relationship and close bond that would last until Cullen’s untimely death at age 47. Filming in Cullen’s Blue Mountains home, Acute Misfortune spins a striking portrait of two wildly different men.
Co-scripted by Jensen and marking the directorial debut for theatre director and actor Thomas M. Wright, the film has remarkable access and scope. Henshall wears Cullen’s own clothes and the artworks which appear onscreen are the real deal.