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EXCLUSIVE: Why Sam Worthington believes TRANSFUSION is an important story to tell.

“Don't think of it as a gritty masculine movie."
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If there’s one movie to stream this weekend. It’s TRANSFUSION, the latest Stan original starring Sam Worthington, Phoebe Tonkin and Edward Friday Carmody. 

Watch Below: Transfusion – Official Trailer

Following the story of a father (Sam Worthington) and his young son attempting to reconnect after a devastating loss, TRANSFUSION explores the effects of PTSD on Australian armed forces personnel. 

In the film, Sam’s character Ryan Logan who is suffering from PTSD after retiring from the SAS is thrust into the criminal underworld to keep his only son from being taken from him. 

“The movie is about tough guys that are having trouble expressing their emotions,” Sam Worthington shared with WHO exclusively. 

“Even though deep inside their emotions are overflowing, all they really need is a hug. Don’t think of it as a gritty masculine movie. Think of it as a sensitive, delicate approach and look at masculinity.” 

Although Sam jumped into the SAS role, that doesn’t quite mean he’s ready to put his skills to the test on screen, laughing with us that this role doesn’t mean he would entertain the idea of joining the next season of SAS: Australia. 

Sam Worthington
“Don’t think of it as a gritty masculine movie.” (Credit: Getty)

The story behind TRANSFUSION, is one the cast believes is important to tell. “It’s just an honest story, a good one because it is honest,” director and writer Matt Nable told WHO

The idea of TRANSFUSION came from a deeply familiar experience to Matt, who grew up as an army child and spent many years moving from barracks to barracks before his father left the army when he was 15 years old.

“It’s a story about a father and a young son trying to reconnect in some pretty hard circumstances,” he explains. “And also..how hard the transition is for men and women to transition out of armed services into normal civilian life, and how that might impact them and others around them.”

Matt Phoebe
“It’s just an honest story.” (Credit: Getty)

“This is a quintessential story about humanity,” Matt previously said of the film. “And my goal is to have this film be seen, here in Australia, but also internationally. I think it’s important to tell Australian stories and for stories made in Australia to be seen on the world stage because our film talent and crew are world-class.”

“We need to keep making Australian stories but with an objective that they travel.”

It’s a rhetoric, echoed by Phoebe Tonkin who previously told Pedestrian, “there are a lot of American movies about soldiers that have come back from the war and we do forget that there are a lot of Australians that also came back and are dealing with the effects of PTSD.”

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