We'll admit, there isn't much that Australian-born, now-internationally acclaimed actress and producer, Margot Robbie can't do. While many of us have been distracted by the news of Robbie teaming up with Birds of Pray screenwriter, Christina Hodson, for the upcoming reinvigoration of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the actress has been quietly working away on her latest film, a western-inspired tale titled Dreamland.
Starring Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders, Animal Kingdom), Dreamland takes place in the small Texan town of Bismark during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, telling the story of an adolescent boy named Eugene Evans (Cole) who dreams of escaping his scorched surroundings. A life riddled by the impacts of the Great Depression, a disillusioned, alcoholic father who abandoned his family and the resentful, mean-spirited stepfather who replaced him; Eugene searches for escapism in the pages of his favourite crime stories.
Watch the trailer for Dreamland here.
Hoping to one day also escape the captivities of the Dust Bowl in search of greener pastures, Eugene finds himself face-to-face with the town's most wanted bank robber and alleged murder, Allison Wells (Robbie) – landing himself in the middle of his own crime story. Although originally, he hides her in his deserted family barn with plans to turn her in, in exchange for the $10,000 reward on her head, Allison' counter-offer proves much more desirable.
With the promise of $20,000 and the opportunity to leave his dismal life behind, Eugene agrees to help Allison evade the law and escape to Mexico. What follows is a subtle yet complex relationship between the two characters, as we watch Eugene shift from unsophisticated ignorance to social awareness.
This mesmerising love story set against the backdrop of American struggle, marks the second feature film from director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, and is being produced under Margot Robbie's LuckyChap Entertainment banner, which she founded with her husband, Tom Ackerley.
Dreamland starring Margot Robbie will be available to watch in cinemas from December 17.