Sotiris Dounoukos makes his feature debut with 'Joe Cinque’s Consolation'

Director Sotiris Dounoukos on the set of 'Joe Cinque's Consolation'.

In 1997, Canberra law student Anu Singh murdered her boyfriend Joe Cinque by lacing his coffee with Rohypnol and injecting him with heroin after a dinner party.

Some of the guests, mostly other students, had heard rumours of Singh.s plan. None of them warned Cinque..

The circumstances surrounding the crime and its subsequent trial are the subject of Helen Garner.s 2004 book, Joe Cinque.s Consolation.—.now adapted for screen by director Sotiris Dounoukos and his co-writer Matt Rubenstein.

The film, Dounoukos.s first, stars Maggie Naouri as Singh and Jerome Meyer as Cinque.

A Canberra native, Dounoukos has a personal connection to the story; he studied law at the Australian National University at the same time as Singh and she was a friend of a friend.

Reading Garner.s book left the director, like many others, with
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