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Stress Positions

Directed by Theda Hammel
95 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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This hilariously sharp Sundance comedy of (queer) errors, set during New York lockdowns and starring John Early (Search Party), takes aim at identity politics and millennial posturing.

It’s summer 2020, and nerves are fraying in the heat as gay divorcee Terry (Early) squats in his ex’s Brooklyn brownstone. Armed with disinfectant spray, Terry is at the ready to fend off house callers such as his best friend Karla, who yearns to escape the monotony of isolation and has developed a keen interest in Terry’s 19-year-old Moroccan model nephew Bahlul (Qaher Harhash). Director Theda Hammel’s relatable and joyfully chaotic debut film captures the information overload of modern life, tackling everything from gender to surveillance to TikTok in a wickedly amusing COVID-era cocktail.

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Hammel and frequent collaborator Early firmly put their queer generation in the hot seat. They start with themselves and then make fun of everyone else. No topic is above making fun of
Murtada Elfadl, Variety
Wryly amusing ... the film actively and relentlessly lampoons the very language and gesturing we all affect in trying to broach the political maelstrom of identity politics
Ryan Lattanzio IndieWire
A sharp and funny analysis of modern discontent and the pandemonium that it breeds
Steven Scaife, Slant (3 out of 4 stars)

Special Guest

Theda Hammel
Director, Screenwriter
Theda Hammel is an American filmmaker and musician who co-hosts the KNFW Nymphowars Podcast with Macy Rodman. She received a Masters in Music Technology at NYU Steinhardt and released three EPs. Hammel’s short film My Trip To Spain screened at Sundance and Tribeca Film Festival.


Sat 8 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 1
Assisted Listening
Audio Description
Close Captioned
Past Event Cancel
Sun 9 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 5
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Unclassified 18+
In English
Theda Hammel
John Early, Brad Becker-Parton, Allie Jane Compton, Greg Nobile, Stephanie Roush
Theda Hammel, John Early, Qaher Harhash
Theda Hammel
Arlene Muller
Theda Hammel, Erin DeWitt
Australian Premiere
Women Directors, Comedies, Off-Beat, Gender & Sexuality, LGBTQIA+ Films
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Transmission Films
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