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In early 1997 Anu Singh, a beautiful law student at the Australian National University began to tell people she planned to kill herself. With doctors unable to help, Anu’s engineer boyfriend, Joe Cinque, attempts to get to the bottom of her condition. But as Anu’s mental and emotional state disintegrates, her plans grow more macabre and more public as she convinces fellow student Madhavi to help her. With Joe beginning to understand the true nature of their relationship, Anu starts talking of killing him as revenge for having made her ill. After an elaborate farewell dinner party attended by friends, Anu attempts to kill Joe but fails. She tries again and this time she succeeds, injecting Joe with a lethal dose of heroin. Nobody tried to stop her.

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Maggie Naouri - Jerome Meyer - Sacha Joseph - Josh McConville - Gia Carides
Production Completion
Crime, Drama
Production Company
Consolation Films Pty Ltd
Australian Sales
Titan View Pty Ltd
International Sales
Urban Distribution International

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21 Sep 2016
By Katherine Tulich
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