A young police officer’s escalating struggles reach a breaking point in this grim yet awkwardly endearing character study.

Officer Jim Arnaud’s eulogy at his mother’s funeral does not go as planned. Struggling to stay focused as his emotions take over, the tongue-tied 30-something launches into a free-wheeling diatribe of confessional digressions, not helped by the fact that he cannot seem to get his mother’s favourite Bruce Springsteen song to play on his daughter’s pink stereo.

Writer, director and star Jim Cummings gives a jaw-dropping, tour-de-force performance as police officer Jim Arnaud. With the funny and ferociously entertaining Thunder Road, Cummings has adapted his 2016 short film into one of the year’s best American independent features. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the SXSW film festival, this is a deliriously dark and authentic look at how humans ‘process’ grief – each in their own unique way.