FRI 17 JAN

Life After The Oasis

LIFE AFTER THE OASIS

In 2008, raw, observational documentary The Oasis spotlighted the lives of a group of vulnerable teens living in a Sydney youth refuge – starting a nationwide conversation around youth homelessness. There were televised forums and nationwide media coverage, with the film distributed to every high school in Australia. Then prime minister Kevin Rudd pledged to …

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Chained For Life

CHAINED FOR LIFE

An inventive, pitch-black satire that challenges on screen depictions of beauty in a film about filmmaking. Mabel (Jess Weixler, Teeth, The Death of Dick Long SWIFF’20), is a movie star taking on an ‘artsy’ role in a European auteur’s (Charlie Korsmo, delivering a brutal Werner Herzog impression) English language debut – a cheesy, 1940’s horror …

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

Topping both best of the year and best of the decade lists, Céline Sciamma’s (Girlhood, SWIFF ’16) latest is a devastatingly beautiful period drama about the romance between artist and subject. Brittany, France, 1760. Marianne (Noemie Merlant), a painter, is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse (Adele Haenel, Deerskin SWIFF’20). A reluctant bride-to-be, …

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