High Tide

Directed by Gillian Armstrong
1987
Australia
104 minutes
Gillian Armstrong and Judy Davis collaborated again on this emotionally rich multi-generational drama. Claudia Karvan plays Davis’ daughter and Jan Adele is the grandmother.

Eight years after the trailblazing My Brilliant Career, Gillian Armstrong and Judy Davis collaborated once again on High Tide, for which Davis won the New York Film Critics’ and AFI awards for Best Actress. The setting is Eden on the NSW South Coast where Lilli (Davis), a back-up singer for Elvis imitator Frankie J Holden, becomes stranded with a broken-down car and little cash.  Coincidentally, Ally (Claudia Karvan), the daughter she abandoned years earlier, is living with her grandmother, Bet (Jan Adele) in the local caravan park. Mother and daughter meet, while the grandmother agonises that the child will be exposed to emotional distress. The screenplay by Laura Jones avoids any hint of cheap sentimentality – instead this is a raw and deeply felt movie in which the fractured relationships are painfully real. Colin Friels makes a strong impression in a key supporting role, but it’s the links between the three women that make the film unforgettable. The bleak, wintry seaside setting is exquisitely photographed by Russell Boyd.

From the Collection of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Special Guest

Gillian Armstrong
Director

Tickets

Sat 8 June
12:30pm
Art Gallery of New South Wales
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David Stratton Selects, Festival Guests
Year
1987
Classification
M
Country
Australia
Language
In English
Director
Gillian Armstrong
Producer
Sandra Levy
Cast
Judy Davis, Claudia Karvan, Colin Friels, Jan Adele
Screenwriter
Laura Jones
Cinematographer
Russell Boyd
Editor
Nicholas Beauman
Genre
Seniors, Women Directors, Australian Films, Focus on Women, Retrospective
Company Credits
Rights: IFM Film Associates
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