Sinjun

Logline:

An Australian horseman struggles to realise his dream of being a horse trainer and have his own property, while finding himself in the fight for his life to save his livelihood and herd from the harsh Australian outback.

Synopsis:

Sinjun has been raised in the Australian bush by his drover father and rag-a-muffin mates, after his mother dies giving birth to him.  We journey with this gentle and sensitive young man, as he tries to ‘man up’ under his father’s bastardry, to find his place in the world.

After being thrown out of home by his father at 12, Sinjun is required to find and train his own brumby as a means of transport and survival.  He develops a life-long bond with this horse he calls ‘Anzac’ and goes on to become the finest horseman of his generation.

Sinjun struggles to make a life for himself working horses when he meets and marries Angel, a dressage horsewoman from Sydney Highlands.   She falls in love with a bloke who has a dream.  She believes in his talent and will be the muse for him coming to accept himself and commit to his talent.   Sinjun takes her into the harshest of Australian climates to build a life.  Despite his livestock skills, hard work and great heart, he is driven to the edge by drought and financial hardship.

In a last ditch attempt to save what little they have made and what Sinjun has put at risk by secretly arranging a mortgage over their property, he takes his herd along one of Australia’s most demanding stock routes to find fodder and water.  He finds himself in the fight for his own life, with only his life long companion Anzac, as companion and as it turns out, saviour.

This is a story of a young man learning what is required to be a ‘real man’ by his own definition, in a modern world of limited opportunity and confronting circumstances.

Sinjun becomes an every day hero as he allows himself to change his isolating independence to embrace the love and support all around him.  Beyond learning to accept himself, he faces the opposition of poverty, illiteracy and harsh climate to commit to his own ‘gold’ and bring it forward for all to benefit.

We see Sinjun make a viable life for himself and his family from training horses and teaching homeless youth how to handle horses.  We leave Sinjun as a middle-aged man, living life on authentic terms, at peace with himself and the harsh Australian outback.