The Square

April 9th 2010
  • Drama/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 105 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: David Roberts, Claire van der Boom, Joel Edgerton, Anthony Hayes, Lisa Bailey, Lucy Bell, Paul Caesar, Mia Chippendale, Thomas Chippendale, Amanda Crompton, Maree D'Arcy, Kieran Darcy-Smith, Brendan Donoghue, Luke Doolan, Tracey Furtchmann, Greg Hatton, Paul He, Damon Herriman, Jacinta Hocking, Bill Hunter, Mia Irvin, Eliza Logan, Tony Lynch, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Julian Morrow, Peter Phelps, Stephen Weston
  • Director: Nash Edgerton
  • Writers: Joel Edgerton, Matthew Dabner
  • Producer: Louise Smith
  • Executive Producers: Joel Edgerton, Nash Edgerton, Matthew Dabner
  • Art Direction: Angus MacDonald
  • Casting: Kirsty McGregor
  • Costume Design: Sally Sharpe
  • D.O.P.: Brad Shield
  • Editors: Luke Doolan, Nash Edgerton
  • Makeup: Jennifer Lamphee
  • Music: Francois Tetaz
  • Production Design: Elizabeth Mary Moore
  • Set Decoration: Brooke Morris


Escaping the monotony of a loveless marriage, Raymond becomes entangled in an affair with the beautiful and troubled Carla. Ray’s moral limits are tested when Carla presents him with the proceeds of her controlling husband’s latest crime. This is their chance: Take the money and run. If only it were that simple.

The seed is planted and Ray, fearing he will lose his love, engineers the plan. Hiring a professional arsonist becomes a fatal error, and the plan goes horribly wrong. Alarm bells sound and suspicions are raised, but miraculously, the dust looks to settle. After all...Nobody knows. Then the first blackmail note arrives.

The couple’s nerves are tested as both Carla’s husband and the mystery author threaten to throw open their secret. With the blackmailer’s deadline approaching they are going to find out just how far they are willing to go for love.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Sydney, Australia
  • MPAA Warning: Violence and language
  • Production Companies: Australian Film Finance Corporation, New South Wales Film & Television Office, Film Depot Pty. Ltd., Blue-Tongue Films, Igloo Films

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The Square won a commendation in the 'Best Australian Film' category of the Australian Film Critics Association awards for 2008.

2010 Guide Analysis: "The 2008 Australian indie crime thriller is finally scoring a limited release around Easter in the US after successful runs at several global film festivals throughout 2009. Originally penned back in 2001 by actor Joel Edgerton ("Star Wars: Episode II," "King Arthur"), the film eventually got made by Joel's brother, stuntman-turned-director Nash Edgerton who is becoming a talent to watch.

Local reviews were favourable with numerous AFI nominations but no wins, while comparisons pegged it as a less incisive if stylistically similar work to the crime noir efforts of the Coen Brothers. Like almost all Australian films in recent years though, locals had no interest and it essentially fizzled at the box-office with little impact. The hope is that Apparition will have more success with a small theatrical bow States-side."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 31 July 2008: Australia
  • 21 January 2009: France