Program
Director: Madeleine Blackwell
2020
Australia
81 minutes
Unclassified 15+

An epic journey over a very short distance

This intimate two-hander pairs a couple who, at first glance, appear to be opposites in every way. Old Australia meets new Australia. Ali is not a citizen, he drives a taxi on another man’s license and relies on the GPS to negotiate a city he doesn’t know. Esther is an old woman gets into his taxi and forgets where she is going. She can’t remember, and he can’t forget the tragedies of his native land that have brought him here. Over a long night’s journey through memory and survival, they will realise that they are more alike than they thought. Both are alone in the cold, bright city, and their fates are inevitably interconnected. Produced and shot in Adelaide, Madeleine Blackwell heads a local creative team full of names you will recognise. Lead actor Ali Al Jenabi is an asylum seeker from Iraq and subject of the award-winning book, The People Smuggler.

Film Type Feature Fiction
Program Strand Australian Indie
Premiere World
Language English, Arabic
Director Madeleine Blackwell
Producer Madeleine Blackwell, Peter Thurmer
Screenwriters Madeleine Blackwell
Cinematographer Hugh Freytag, Paul J Warren, Rebecca Duncker
Editor Raphael Rivera
Music Peter Knight, Mohammad Ameen Nafttachi
Cast Ali Al Jenabi, Imelda Bourke
Genre Human Rights, Senior/Aging, Social Issue