Guilty 15+, unless accompanied by an adult
Portrait of an execution.
Guilty is a visceral portrait of convicted drug smuggler Myuran Sukumaran, who became an accomplished artist during his ten years in an Indonesian prison. In April 2015, Myuran was executed by firing squad alongside seven other prisoners, including fellow Bali Nine inmate Andrew Chan. Highlighting the last 72 hours of Myuran’s life and the paintings he created during that time, the film blends narrative sequences with archival and documentary material in a story about grief, art and redemption. As the machinery of death moves Myuran towards his execution – the signing of his own death warrant, saying goodbye to his family and facing the 12 marksmen who will end his life – the clinical brutality of capital punishment is contrasted with the optimism of Myuran's painting on death row.
Funding Partners: Adelaide Film Festival, ABC Arts, Screen Australia, Australia Council for the Arts, Good Pitch Australia, Shark Island Institute, Documentary Australia Foundation, Film Victoria, Fulcrum Media Finance.
Director Matthew Sleeth | Producer Maggie Miles | Screenwriter Matthew Bate, Matthew Sleeth, Maggie Miles | Cinematographer Katie Milwright | Editor Uri Mizrahi | Composer Robin Fox | Production & Costume Designer: Nicki Gardiner | Cast Adam McConvell, Bela Kusumah Kasim, Christie Buckingham
Matthew Sleeth is a multi-disciplinary artist who has a conceptually driven practice across a range of media including photography, video, sculpture and performance. His work is widely collected and held in various public and private collections including the National Gallery of Victoria and the National Gallery of Australia. He has participated in the Odense Triennial, Denmark; Berlin Photography Festival; Noorderlicht Photofestival, Netherlands; the Venice Architecture Biennale; Art Chicago; Art Basel Miami; Experimenta; and the Melbourne International Arts Festival. His books include Ten Series/106 Photographs (2007), Opfikon (2004), Survey (2004), TourDuty (2002), The Bank Book (2001) and Roaring Days (1998). Recent projects include A Drone Opera, a live multimedia performance commissioned by Experimenta; The Rise and Fall of Western Civilization (and Other Obvious Metaphors) in December 2011; and Magnificent Obsessions in January 2015. In 2014, Matthew completed his Ph.D at RMIT University, titled ‘Representation and Reproduction: A Love Story’. He is represented by Claire Oliver Gallery, New York.