Wirun and Murina screen one after the other on The Shelf at REAP, Friday 25 March.
Doors open 7pm, film screenings begin 7.50pm
Short film, 9 mins
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.
Director: Chad O'Brien
Cast: Ebony McGuire, Ana Della Rossa, Coco Martel, Nazaree Dickerson
Writers: Chad O'Brien, Ebony McGuire
Cinematographer: Noel Smyth
Editor: Chad O'Brien
Producers: Chad O'Brien, Ebony McGuire, Jemma Douglas
Notes: English and Noongar
Feature length, 92 mins
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 chance of 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.
Director: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović
Cast: Gracija Filipović, Danica Čurčić, Leon Lučev, Cliff Curtis
Writers: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, Frank Graziano
Cinematographer: Hélène Louvart
Editor: 'Vladimir Gojun
Producers: Zdenka Gold, Danijel Pek, Martin Scorsese, Rodrigo Teixeira
Notes: Croatian and English with English subtitles
Rated PG - Mild themes and infrequent coarse language
A big thank you to the Perth Festival Touring WA program, made possible through the support of Minderoo Foundation.