The London Australian Film Festival draws to a close with the European premiere of indie drama Suburban Wildlife, with the closing gala screening followed by a Q&A with debut writer-director Imogen McCluskey.
Fresh from 2 sell-out screenings at the Sydney Film Festival a couple of weekends ago, Suburban Wildlife has just been named as that festival’s second runner up in the Audience Choice award. All ticket holders will receive a free glass of wine and a new book by an Australian author.
Four friends must navigate new beginnings and impending adulthood in this bold and imaginative coming-of-age drama. Louise, Nina and Alice celebrate their recent graduation with hectic partying, alongside Kane, the only friend not to attend university.
But when Louise’s imminent departure for London causes tension within the group, they embark on a road trip to savour their final days together.
Produced for a miniscule $5000, but without scrimping on quality, Suburban Wildlife is packed with raw honesty, dreamy flights of fancy, and outstanding performances from a young cast.
This ambitious indie is the debut feature of writer-director McCluskey, and we are delighted that she is able to join us after the screening for the Closing Gala Q&A.
“The dreamy malaise of a suburban adolescence comes to life in a new micro-budget Australian indie.” – Film Ink
The student short film My First Kiss (VCA – d. Panfred Reed) will precede the main feature.
Australian snacks and lollies (sweets) on sale – cash only
FROM THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING TEAM
Every year we choose a directorial debut to close our festival. Imogen’s fabulous feature film shone out from all the rest. These kids are the talent of our future cinema – watch this space!
- BBFC rating
- Running time
- 90 mins
- IMOGEN MCCLUSKEY
- Priscilla Doueihy, Madeleine Jurd, Alex King, Hannah Lehmann