This evocative family-oriented drama depicts the trials and triumphs in the life of two brothers, who struggles to come to terms with a dysfunctional family environment. Barky, a lost soul of 25, returns from the Australian cane fields to his hometown, inner-city Erskineville.
Barky left two years ago to escape his drunken and abusive father, leaving behind everything in the world that was important to him – his brother Wace; his girlfriend Lanny; his life as he knew it.
Now that his father's dead, he thinks it's safe to come home, but Barky soon discovers that if staying home was hard, coming home is harder. Wace is bitter and resentful about the fact that Barky ran away just like their mother, while she, Wace was forced to stay home and endure the hardship, all alone.
Alone he stood by his dying father. After two years and no explanation, can Lanny take Barky back? With everything on the line, will Barky choose again to leave it all behind? In the King's Hotel the two brothers try to make sense out of life after their father's death, with beer, anger and pain proving to be a dangerous mix. Will Barky and Wace succeed in finding middle ground? Can the brothers rekindle the possibility of hope and happiness in their lives once more?
Did you know?
The lead actor, Hugh Jackman, won the Film Critics Circle of Australia award for Best Male Actor, for his performance as Wace, the older brother, who stayed home. Read More