Trailer alert: Warwick Thornton’s The New Boy

One of the most anticipated Australian films of the year, The New Boy, has a trailer that provides a glimpse into a beautifully shot story.

Warwick Thornton’s long awaited new film The New Boy released its first trailer today.

Set in 1940s Australia, The New Boy centres on a nine-year-old Aboriginal orphan boy who arrives in the dead of night at a remote monastery, run by a renegade nun, where his presence disturbs the delicately balanced world in this story of spiritual struggle and the cost of survival.

Newcomer Aswan Reid plays the titular role, alongside Cate Blanchett, Deborah Mailman and Wayne Blair. An ensemble of new faces, including Shane Brady, Tyrique Brady, Laiken Woolmington, Kailem Miller, Kyle Miller, Tyzailin Roderick and Tyler Spencer round out the cast.

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In a remote monastery in 1940s Australia, a mission for Aboriginal children is run by a renegade nun, Sister Eileen (Cate Blanchett). A new charge (Aswan Reid) is delivered in the dead of night – a boy who appears to have special powers.

When the monastery takes possession of a precious relic, a large carving of Christ on the cross, the new boy encounters Jesus for the first time and is transfixed. However, the boy’s Indigenous spiritual life does not gel with the mission’s Christianity and his mysterious power becomes a threat. Sister Eileen is faced with a choice between the traditions of her faith and the truth embodied in the boy, in this story of spiritual struggle and the cost of survival.

The film is written and directed by Warwick Thornton and stars Aswan Reid, Deborah Mailman, Wayne Blair and Cate Blanchett. 

The New Boy is coming to Australian cinemas on July 6, 2023. 

Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports