In October 1997 in Canberra, Australia, Anu Singh held a farewell dinner with friends. Her intentions that night were to murder her boyfriend and kill herself after her guests had left.
"The screen adaptation is my attempt at exploring the central question: How could a life slip through so many hands?" Dounoukos states.
"No one took action to stop Anu or help Joe, either because they unquestionably accepted Anu's worldview, dismissed the danger she presented, or saw no need to take responsibility to help," Dounoukos said.
Dounoukos attended the Australian National University at the same time as Singh and Cinque, and during his undergraduate studies attended law school with many who were involved in the death.
Accountability becomes fluid in Dounoukos's telling of the events, as those sitting around the table believe half-truths, or purposefully avoid asking the right questions.
Joe Cinque's Consolation opens in select cinemas across Australia on 13 October.