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Bad Behaviour

Directed by Alice Englert
New Zealand
107 minutes
Unclassified 15+
Alice Englert’s Sundance-selected debut stars Jennifer Connelly, Ben Whishaw and Englert herself, in a dark comedy about spiritual retreats and a turbulent mother-daughter relationship.
Lucy (Connelly) is a former child actor trying to resolve some of her traumas by attending a therapeutic sanctuary run by new-age guru Elon (Whishaw). Before going off the grid, Lucy reaches out to her stunt-performer daughter Dylan (Englert), who’s shooting a film in New Zealand and experiencing her own set of challenges. From the outset, Lucy struggles to find tranquillity – she’s irritated by the other attendees and is particularly rankled by the celebrity model Beverly (Dasha Nekrasova), and is poised to explode. Meanwhile, Dylan has her own difficulties on set, particularly with the leading actor. Mother and daughter must find each other for mutual support, and confront the realities of their own relationship. Established actor Englert draws engaging, committed performances from this impressive cast in what is an intelligent, incisive and very funny first feature film.
Alice Englert expertly finds the line between satire and sincerity… Englert has an original voice, a fine eye for detailed visuals and an apparent gift for working with actors.
Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter
Englert is already a formidable, fully formed filmmaker… She’s the real deal, and Bad Behaviour is proof positive of that.
Kate Erbland, IndieWire

Special Guest

Alice Englert
ALICE ENGLERT is an Australian-New Zealand actor and filmmaker who starred in Ginger & Rosa (SFF 2013) and Beautiful Creatures (2013). Her films as director include The Boyfriend Game and Family Happiness (SFF 2017). Englert’s debut feature Bad Behaviour premiered at Sundance earlier this year.


Sun 11 Jun
State Theatre
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Mon 12 Jun
State Theatre
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Thu 15 Jun
Ritz Randwick - Cinema 5
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Official Competition
Unclassified 15+
New Zealand
In English
Alice Englert
Molly Hallam, Desray Armstrong
Jennifer Connelly, Alice Englert, Ben Whishaw
Alice Englert
Matt Henley
Simon Price
Australian Premiere
Women Directors, Comedies, Focus on Women
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Ahi Films
Official Website
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