Director: Kelly Reichardt
United States
127 minutes

We’re so excited to announce that we’re throwing a free screening of the award-winning film First Cow, which recently competed in the prestigious Golden Bear competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, and was awarded best film at the 2020 New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

Kelly Reichardt once again trains her perceptive and patient eye on the Pacific Northwest, this time evoking an authentically hardscrabble early nineteenth century way of life. A taciturn loner and skilled cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune; soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow. From this simple premise Reichardt constructs an interrogation of foundational Americana that recalls her earlier triumph Old Joy in its sensitive depiction of male friendship, yet is driven by a mounting suspense all its own. Reichardt again shows her distinct talent for depicting the peculiar rhythms of daily living and ability to capture the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America.

Join us on April 20th at Wallis Mitcham Cinemas for the first AFF Film Club screening for 2021!

All tickets to AFF Film Club’s screening of FIRST COW are General Admission with seating allocated upon arrival in line with Wallis Cinema’s Covid-Safe plan.
If you have any access requirements, please contact the team via [email protected] 




Language English
Director Kelly Reichardt
Screenwriters Kelly Reichardt, Jon Raymond
Cast John Magaro, Orion Lee, Toby Jones, Ewen Bremner