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Riz lives in Western Sydney with a group of his working-class mates. He is secretly dating middle-class Kylie and keeping her in the dark about his home life. It all comes to a head on Riz's 18th birthday, when his deception threatens to tear Riz's relationships apart. Riz has a cast of newcomers and its crew was made up of Western suburbs youth who developed their skills on the film. Written and directed by S. Shakthidharan and Guido Gonzalez, it was inspired by the life of Gonzalez, who came to Australia from Chile as a child refugee. It is an examination of class in Sydney, a character study of a young man trying to belong to two worlds and a multicultural Australia not often seen on our screens.

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