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Friends and Strangers

Directed by James Vaughan
2020
Australia
84 minutes
MA15+
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A hit at Rotterdam and New York festivals – a witty, absurdist slacker comedy about 20-somethings in Sydney that cements James Vaughan as a prominent voice in the Australian New Wave revival.
Ray (Fergus Wilson), a meandering directionless videographer and Alice (Emma Diaz), a similarly apathetic 20-something embark on a misguided and humiliating camping trip. Once back in Sydney, Ray drifts between odd jobs, unmotivated by his suffocatingly breezy, no-stakes existence. A comment on privilege and colonial malaise – accentuated by Dimitri Zaunders's lush cinematography, bursting with gorgeous pastel tones reminiscent of Australia's Impressionist era – Vaughan's confident feature debut excels in mining humour from the awkward non-starts that define contemporary existence. Evocative of the films of Éric Rohmer, Hong Sangsoo and Luis Buñuel – but with a decidedly Australian twist.
It is a film of detours, digressions, and everyday surrealism – one that draws its unsettling allure from the angst that comes when you realize the path you’ve walked along isn’t paved anymore, and the future you’re venturing into will be entirely your own making.
Leonardo Goi, The Film Stage

Tickets

Sat 6 Nov
6:15pm
Event Cinemas George St 4
Past Event Cancel
Fri 12 Nov
7:50pm
Dendy Newtown 2
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Features, On Demand
Year
2020
Classification
MA15+
Country
Australia
Language
In English
Director
James Vaughan
Producer
Lucy Rennick, Rebecca Lamond
Cast
Fergus Wilson, Emma Diaz, Steve Maxwell
Cinematographer
Dimitri Zaunders
Genre
Australian Films, Cinephile, Comedy
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Bonsai Films
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