We are all different and Lotterywest Films Touring WA offers a special movie experience for everyone. Whether you've come to be transported on a night out with friends, or you're seeking to share in creative connections from around the world and from the local community, this year's program is designed for you.
Maybe you're after something extraordinary, something wild; that chance to experience the world's greatest film artists testing the boundaries. Perhaps cinema itself is at the heart of your world, and you just want to see the best there is. Or maybe, like all of us at some point, you want to try something for the first time.
Join us in Karratha for this year's Lotterywest Films Touring WA and experience four feature films and three short films in your own way.
Director & WriterMatthew Saville
When self-destructive teenager Sam is suspended from boarding school he returns home to find his English grandmother, Ruth, has moved in. Ruth (beautifully brought to life by the legendary Charlotte Rampling) is a feisty ex-war photographer with a lust for life and a love of the bottle.
Their first meeting is awkward, their second violent, and things get worse when Sam finds himself stranded alone with this funny, rude, fearless and flirtatious woman who can drink him and his friends under the table. A battle of wills ensues which enables Sam to embrace life again, and Ruth to face her own mortality.
Filmed in West Auckland, Kiwi Matthew Saville’s first feature length film is an entertaining yet unsettling family drama that breaks down generational boundaries with humour and poignancy.
DirectorAntoneta Alamat Kusijanović
Winner of the Caméra d’Or for Best First Feature Film at Cannes in 2021, Murina is a psychological drama and a coming-of-age tale of a young woman’s struggle for independence.
On the surface, 16-year-old Julija’s life looks like paradise, but a deeper dive shows she and her mother Nela must carefully navigate the oppressive rule of controlling father and husband Ante. Tensions rise when a charismatic and wealthy family friend arrives at their Croatian island home. For Ante he offers the change for a life-changing deal. For Nela he’s a reminder of a different life she could have had. For Julija he’s a getaway plan.
Beautifully crafted, sensually charged and with some electrifying drama taking place (literally) beneath the Mediterranean surface, Murina will completely captivate you.
WINNER GOLDEN CAMERA 2021 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
DirectorJonas Poher Rasmussen
Amin Nawabi (a pseudonym), a 36-year-old academic in Denmark, grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years. He opens up to his close friend, director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, telling for the first time the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan. Told mostly through animation, with some additional archival footage, Flee weaves together a stunning tapestry of reflections to tell the deeply affecting story of a man grappling with his traumatic past in order to find his true self and the real meaning of home.
Despite the harrowing stakes, the film finds many moments of light and humour, revelling in the joys of pop culture, young romance and small acts of kindness. Amin’s courage in confronting his deepest fears is a powerful act to experience in this artful telling.
Pushing the boundary of the documentary hybrid form, this Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner breaks bold new ground in animation and confessional narrative with an extraordinary true story that is heartbreaking, moving and impossible to forget.
WINNER GRAND JURY PRIZE 2021 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Ben Sharrock’s melancholic comedy Limbo is a funny and poignant cross-cultural satire that subtly sews together the hardship and hope of the refugee experience.
Omar is a promising young musician separated from his Syrian family and stuck on a remote Scottish island. Barred from working and forced to take ridiculous cultural-awareness classes, he awaits the fate of his asylum request.
The limitless landscape of the Scottish islands is expertly juxtaposed with the lack of options for oud-playing new arrival Omar. With pitch perfect wit and crisp observation, Limbo shines a light on the hearts and lives of those at the centre of a refugee crisis that most of us only experience through headlines.
WINNER BEST FILM 2020 CAIRO & MACAU FILM FESTIVALS
A 30-something-year-old woman with Down syndrome leaves her past behind and runs away from a small country town, heading towards the city. Along her way, she makes an unlikely friendship with a Drag Queen from the Outback and the two embark on a journey together.
Noongar high school student Erin wants to perform like the others in her drama class, but Shakespeare’s old language won't come out. Determined to prove herself she practices to breaking point, using her cultural strength and specifically her language to finally find some form of meaning.
This is a First Nation coming of age story for those finding their voice in a colonial world.
DirectorPoppy van Oorde-Grainger
As Garang struggles on his first day at high school in Australia, memories of being lost in South Sudan are triggered. When past and present collide, Garang must find a way to bridge the gap between where he is and where he's come from.
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24 - 27 Mar
Lotterywest Films are heading to Karratha!
Red Earth Arts Precinct
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- Perth Festival’s Touring WA program is made possible through the support of Minderoo Foundation