The film follows eight interconnected stories set in the buzzing and ever-changing melting pot of Western Sydney.
When a baby is kidnapped from a hospital by a desperate grandmother, her flight sets off a chain of events that bring together complete strangers over the course of one dramatic day.
The film features an exceptional ensemble cast including Genevieve Lemon (Top of the Lake, The Power Of The Dog) , Leah Vandenberg (The Hunting, The Letdown), Arka Das (Lion, Mulan), Gabrielle Chan (Hungry Ghosts, Jasper Jones), Jing-Xuan Chan (Harrow, The Family Law), Thuso Lekwape (The Principal, Pulse), Rahel Romahn (The Principal, Mr Inbetween), De Lovan Zandy Mia-Lore Bayeh, Christian Ravello, Khoi Trinh, Christine Milo and Brandon Nguyen.
Here Out West is written by eight of the country’s brightest new writers, Nisrine Amine, Bina Bhattacharya, Matias Bolla, Claire Cao, Arka Das, Dee Dogan, Vonne Patiag & Tien Tran. Directed by Fadia Abboud (Barons, Australian Gangster), Lucy Gaffy (Irreverant, Amazing Grace), Julie Kalceff (First Day, Starting From Now), Ana Kokkinos (Fires, The Hunting, Blessed) & Leah Purcell (The Drover’s Wife, Cleverman). Produced by Annabel Davis, Sheila Jayadev (Stateless, Ali’s Wedding) & Bree-Anne Sykes (Wellmania, The Heights).
8 Nights Out West
Inspired by the eight distinct chapters and writers from the feature film, a short form documentary series titled, 8 Nights Out West also premieres on ABC TV and ABC iview.
Over eight nights, from Sunday, 7 August, actor and filmmaker Arka Das invites friends and collaborators from Here Out West to go out for a meal and uncover the delicious food shaping the myriad of cultures that make up Western Sydney.
From Bangladeshi street food and Chilean backyard barbecues to hand-crafted Lebanese sweets, the series unearths the spots serving up honest, authentic and mouth-watering meals from many corners of the globe.
The episodes are a lively mix of light-hearted banter and deeper reflections with guests, as the food reignites fond memories of how their cultural backgrounds have helped shape them as creatives.
Here Out West Production Credits:
A Co-Curious and Emerald co-production. Major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Create NSW, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Spectrum Films. Produced by Annabel Davis, Sheila Jayadev and Bree-Anne Sykes. Executive Produced by Blake Ayshford, S. Shakthidharan and Lyn Norfor. ABC Executive Producers Sally Riley and Clare Atkins. ABC Head Of Drama, Entertainment & Indigenous Alex Baldwin.
8 Nights Out West Production Credits:
A Co-Curious and Emerald co-production. Developed and produced in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Presented by Arka Das. Created & Directed by Matias Bolla & Arka Das. Produced by Kali Reid and Executive Produced by Annabel Davis and Sheila Jayadev. ABC Executive Producers Frances O’Riordan & Clare Atkins. ABC Head Of Drama, Entertainment & Indigenous Alex Baldwin.