Written and produced by Angus Watts, and directed by Heath Davis, Locusts is set in a fictional, remote mining town where desperation, drugs and unemployment are rife. Partly inspired by Angus Watts’ experiences growing up in a drought stricken NSW country town, and using Broken Hill as a location, the film has been described as a kind of “modern noir Western”.
Ben Geurens and Nathaniel Dean play estranged brothers Ryan and Tyson Black who are reluctantly reunited in their remote hometown at their father’s funeral. When Ryan crosses paths with a gang of thugs from their father’s shady past, the brothers become entangled in a deadly extortion racket that exposes the dark underbelly of the sleepy town.
“The title is a metaphor for the human propensity to consume the world around us without fear of consequences,” says Watts.
The film co-stars Jessica McNamee, Steve Le Marquand, Justin Rosniak, Andy McPhee, Damian Hill and Alan Dukes.