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Directed by Ricard Cussó, Tania Vincent
90 minutes
All Ages
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Having a tentacle arm won’t stop 12-year-old Arkie from rescuing her father from space bandits and saving the planet. An adventurous Australian animation featuring the voices of Jillian Nguyen, Sam Neill, Deborah Mailman, Tim Minchin and more.
Free spirited and cheerful Arkie (Jillian Nguyen) lives with her adoptive octopus father, Blister (Rob Collins), on a flourishing, colourful peninsula. Together they help regenerate plant life using their magical tentacles, with the help of friendly mechanical bees powered by sunrays. That’s until space bandits invade and kidnap Blister – so that an evil scientist, Dr Maybee, can use his powers to sap the planet’s lifeforce and discover the key to immortality. Can Arkie rescue Blister in time to save her home from devastation? Based on the acclaimed graphic novel, toy and game brand, and featuring a stellar celebrity voice cast, Scarygirl is a visual treat.

Special Guests

Sophie Byrne
Sophie Byrne is an award-winning film and TV producer, best known for her work on the Academy Award-winning animated short The Lost Thing. Sophie worked as a Senior Producer at the Oscar winning London studio Passion Pictures for 10 years. There she produced many award-winning projects, including the initial pilot for the hugely successful concept band Gorillaz – created by Jamie Hewlett (Tank Girl) and Damon Albarn (Blur) – and their seminal 'Clint Eastwood' music video.
Jillian Nguyen
Born Huyen Dieu at a Vietnamese refugee camp in Sungai Besi, Malaysia, Jillian immigrated to Australia when she was 14 months old. She has trained at L'Ecole Philippe Gaulier and is a graduate of the 16th Street Actors Studio in Melbourne. She recently wrapped the television drama One Night for Paramount+, working alongside Jodie Whittaker and Yael Stone. She also featured in Noora Niasari's debut feature Shayda – opposite award-winning Iranian actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi (Holy Spider, SFF 2022) – which premiered at Sundance 2023 to much acclaim, as well as romantic sci-fi feature Loveland, co-starring Hugo Weaving and Kiwi comedy feature film Millie Lies Low (SFF 2022) from director Michelle Savill, which premiered at the 2022 Berlinale.


Sat 17 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 5
Assisted Listening
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Sun 18 Jun
Ritz Randwick - Cinema 5
Assisted Listening
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Program Strand
All Ages
In English
Ricard Cussó, Tania Vincent
Sophie Byrne, Nadine Bates, Kristen Souvlis, Ryan Greaves
Jillian Nguyen, Sam Neill, Deborah Mailman
Polly Watkins, Matt Everitt, Les Turner, Craig Behenna
World Premiere
Animation, Family, Women Directors, Animals & Creatures, Australian Films, World Premieres
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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