Bellbird

Directed by Hamish Bennett
New Zealand
96 minutes
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Told with warm humour, this quietly powerful feature debut takes us into the heart of a small rural town in New Zealand, where a community comes together after a personal loss.
SELECTED: SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2019

Inspired by his own childhood neighbours, director Hamish Bennett (Ross & Beth) follows Ross (Marshall Napier, The Light Between Oceans, Babe), a largely silent man who farms his land alongside his far more exuberant wife Beth (Annie Whittle).  When Beth suddenly dies, Ross is crushed but incapable of displaying his emotions. His son Bruce (Cohen Holloway, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Breaker Upperers) moves back in and tries to help, but is not suited to the farming life and also has great difficulties in expressing himself.  Perfectly capturing love, loyalty and reliance in all the little moments whether buried under layers of cheeky banter or cow shit, Bennett brings a gracious tenderness in this exquisite, gentle film.
An understated drama with an open heart and a lithe sense of humour.
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Sun 23 February
7pm
Alice Springs Cinema
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Classification
M
Country
New Zealand
Language
In English
Director
Hamish Bennett
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