Synopsis by Mark Deming
Two social outcasts form an uneasy alliance in this independent comedy drama from Australia. Wills (Matthew Zeremes) is an unemployed layabout who lives with his girlfriend Eleanor (Eizabeth Richmond) until one day when she and her mother grow tired of his laziness and kick him out. With nowhere to go, Wills turns to the classified ads in search of a new place to live, and ends up sharing a flat with Burke (Oliver Torr), a reclusive homebody who is living off an inheritance from his late grandmother. While neither Wills nor Burke are especially social people, in time the practicalities of living together lure them into conversation, and something resembling a friendship grows between them. Emboldened by their chats about life, love, and bathroom habits, both Wills and Burke begin making changes in their lives -- Wills takes a job selling cellular phones, and Burke begins dating Lisa (Hannah Durrack). Originally shot in 2003, Burke and Wills went unseen until it received its world premier at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.