GenreShort, Drama ScreenplayDavid Michod WriterDavid Michod LanguageEnglish
Release date9 March 2007 (2007-03-09) (Italy, Venice Film Festival)
10 June 2007 (2007-06-10) (Australia, Sydney Film Festival)
8 January 2008 (2008-01-08) (United States, Sundance Film Festival)
5 April 2008 (2008-04-05) (Canada, Pacific Cinematheque Pacifique) CastJoel Edgerton (The dad), Nash Edgerton (Forensics), Lisa Chappell (The mum), Mirrah Foulkes (Cop 1), Luke Doolan (Lounge) Similar moviesA Girls Own Story (1984), The Wilding (2012), Radiance (1998), Mirrah Foulkes appears in Crossbow and The Turning, My Brilliant Career (1979)
TaglineA kid. His mum and dad. The sex and drugs. And the boy next door who watched the whole thing unravel.
Crossbow is a 2007 Australian coming-of-age drama film written and directed by David Michôd. The film features Cy Standen, Joel Edgerton, Lisa Chappell and Mirrah Foulkes and had its world premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival on 9 March 2007. After that, the film competed at number of film festivals and earned good reviews.
The film focuses on a kid and his relationship with his mum and dad, his problems and struggles, and the neighbour who watches the whole thing unravel.
Cy Standen as The kid
Joel Edgerton as The dad
Lisa Chappell as The mum
Mirrah Foulkes as The Cop
David Michôd as Narrator
Filming took place at Macquarie Fields, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
The film received mainly positive reviews. Jason Sondhi of short of the week gave film the positive review and praised Michôd's direction and said "I find the elegaic streak that Crossbow mines to be rare and wonderful in film, and kudos go to Michôd, because it is difficult to pull off. Indeed the film is strikingly reminiscent to one of the best films of this vein, Sofia Coppola’s work, The Virgin Suicides, a movie structured very similarly, with its title that undermines suspense, and its observant narration that wrestles with the exquisite sadness of seemingly senseless tragedy, and how it relates to sexuality and nostalgia." Another review for the film also praised Michôd by saying "Michôd seems very close to hitting all the right notes in Crossbow and he seems extremely comfortable behind a camera."