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Zola

Directed by Janicza Bravo
2021
USA
90 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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Based on an infamous 2015 tweetstorm, this exhilarating girl gaze stripper saga stars Taylour Paige (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), Riley Keough (American Honey) and Nicholas Braun (Succession). Sundance 2020.
In a string of 148 tweets, A'Ziah "Zola" King detailed her falling out with sex worker Jessica during a two-day bender which started in Detroit and ended in Florida's seedy underbelly. Janicza Bravo stays faithful to the source material, and the result is a high-energy ride where a neat 90-minutes feel like a sweet 140 characters or less. Punctuating the calamitous affair is a Nigerian pimp, a bumbling boyfriend and gangsters packing heat but with no game. The ethereal score by Mica Levi (Under the Skin; Monos, SFF 2019), the seductive fluorescent dreamscape of Aussie cinematographer Ari Wegner (Lady Macbeth, SFF 2017) and wardrobe to rival Cardi B's turns the drama up to eleven.
Social-media feeds can embolden subjective observations that don't tell the whole truth, but that's exactly what makes this particular example such a perfect fit for its adventurous director.
Eric Kohn, IndieWire
Twitter is Shakespeare for the 21st century and, as Zola proves, Janicza Bravo is the director best adept at bringing all the peculiarity, hilarity, and ugliness of social media mayhem to the big screen.
Jordan Raup, The Film Stage

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Tue 9 Nov
8:30pm
State Theatre
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Fri 12 Nov
8:45pm
Selling Fast Ritz Cinemas Randwick 5
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Sat 13 Nov
8:30pm
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Program Strand
Special Presentations
Year
2021
Classification
Unclassified 18+
Country
USA
Language
In English
Director
Janicza Bravo
Producer
Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, Gia Walsh, Kara Baker, Vince Jolivette, Elizabeth Haggard, Dave Franco
Cast
Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun
Screenwriter
Janicza Bravo, Jeremy O. Harris
Cinematographer
Ari Wegner
Editor
Joi McMillon
Genre
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Focus on Women, Gender & Sexuality, Off-Beat, Women Directors
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing
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