REAF 2022 - Lotterywest Films: Sparkles and Juniper

Sparkles and Juniper screen one after the other on The Shelf at REAP, Thursday 24 March.
Doors open 7pm, Q&A starts at 7:30pm, film screenings begin 7.50pm

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SPARKLES (Australia)
Short film, 12 mins

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.

Director: Jacqueline Pelczar
Cast: Siria Kickett, Gary Cooper
Writer: Tina Fielding
Cinematographer: Michael McDermott
Editor: Elaine Smith
Producer: Cody Greenwood
Music: Sean Tinnion

Notes: English with English subtitles


JUNIPER (New Zealand)
Feature length, 94 mins

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.  

Director: Matthew Saville
Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Marton Csokas, George Ferrier, Edith Poor
Writer: Matthew Saville
Cinematographer: Martyn Williams
Editor: Peter Roberts
Producers: Desray Armstrong, Angela Littlejohn
Music: Mark Perkins, Marlon Williams

Notes: Rated M, mature themes, coarse language and sexual references


A big thank you to Lotterywest and the Perth Festival Touring WA program, made possible through the support of Minderoo Foundation.