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Dead Europe review

An Aussie photographer travels to Greece to scatter his father's ashes

Adapted from a 2005 novel by controversial Aussie author Christos Tsiolkas, Tony Krawitz’s vivid travelogue follows Ewen Leslie’s antipodean photographer to Greece to scatter his father’s ashes and lay a family curse to rest.

It’s not the only thing he ends up laying, despite his opportunistic shag-tourism being repeatedly interrupted by Kodi Smit-McPhee’s ( The Road ) spooked teenage refugee.

Saddled with a plank-like performance from Leslie, it’s intriguing and pretentious in equal measure, capturing the feeling of being adrift in a foreign world, but then failing to capitalise on it.

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Matt Glasby is a freelance film and TV journalist. You can find his work on Total Film - in print and online - as well as at publications like the Radio Times, Channel 4, DVD REview, Flicks, GQ, Hotdog, Little White Lies, and SFX, among others. He is also the author of several novels, including The Book of Horror: The Anatomy of Fear in Film and Britpop Cinema: From Trainspotting To This Is England.