Film links actor’s passions

Dustin Clare and Camille Keenan in Sunday.
Dustin Clare and Camille Keenan in Sunday.

ACTOR Dustin Clare wants to have a dialogue about injustices against women.

The WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) graduate and White Ribbon ambassador has passion in equal measures for his latest film Sunday and a good cause, and he has managed to find a way to link the two.

Sunday, which opened in Ace Cinemas Midland and Rockingham and was made available on video on demand platforms on May 2, is set in Christchurch, New Zealand, one year after the earthquake that hit the city and tells the story of Eve (Camille Keenan) and Charlie (Dustin Clare), who are about to have a baby but are no longer together.

�It is a generational story about choice and opportunity, family and commitment,� he said.

Clare, who also starred in McLeod’s Daughters and Underbelly, said having two women on the writing and producing team ensured as much female perspective as male, which was rare in cinema.

�I have worked in the industry for 10 years and I can count on one hand the number of female directors I have worked with,� he said.

�A female perspective is important.�

The team took their support for women one step further by donating $1 from every ticket sold at the Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch premieres to the White Ribbon Trust Christchurch branch and 10 per cent of the opening weekend box office in Australia to White Ribbon Australia.

�After the earthquake, the rate of domestic violence went up and women�s shelters were at capacity; I have been a White Ribbon ambassador for eight years and we thought this was a good way to give back,� Clare said.

�Two women die a day from violence and we as men have to talk and think about it, address the issue and respect women.�

Sunday is available via iTunes, Google Play, Dendy Direct, Sony, Xbox, Fetch TV, Vimeo on Demand and REELHOUSE.

The DVD is available from sundaythefilm.com.