Fri Oct 27, 8:30 PM
Director: Gabriel Carrubba
84 minutes

A gem of a queer coming-of-age drama from the working-class suburbs of Melbourne.

A tenderly hand-crafted, queer coming of age indie set on the Melbourne suburban fringe, Sunflower glows with emotional truth, humour and heartbreak. Leo (Liam Mollica) seems a typical seventeen-year-old. He hangs with his mates, shyly asks out his first girlfriend, and bickers with his infuriating but loving family. After he is blindsided by a growing attraction to his best friend, Boof (Luke J. Morgan), Leo must grapple with his emerging identity and the homophobic jungle of high school. Authentic is an over-used descriptor in the cinematic zeitgeist, but in the case of Gabriel Carrubba’s semi-autobiographical feature debut where each performance is affectingly real, it is undeniably earned.

“Stirring and personal … A sensual and intimate character study from an exciting new voice in queer and Australian cinema.” (Cinema Australia)

“This gay love story brings endless heartfelt candour to the big screen … a highlight of this year’s Sydney Film Festival.” (Pulp)

Join director Gabriel Carrubba for an exclusive Q&A after the screening.

Film Type Feature Fiction
Program Strand World Cinema
Language English
Director Gabriel Carrubba
Producer Zane Borg, Gabriel Carrubba
Writer Gabriel Carrubba
Cinematographer Martine Wolff
Editor Shannon Michaelas
Cast Liam Mollica, Luke J. Morgan, Daniel Halmarick, Olivia Fildes
Genre Coming of Age, Drama, LGBTQ+, Romance

Screens with: Bulldog

Fri Oct 27, 8:30 PM
Director: Tom Lawrence-Doyle
15 minutes

Charlie and Jack find an escape from the brutality of country footy in an isolated beach, and each other.

Premiere World Premiere
Film Type Short Fiction
Program Strand Shorts Before Features
Language English
Director Tom Lawrence-Doyle
Producer Jarrah Murphy, Tom Lawrence-Doyle, Nicholas Burt
Writer Tom Lawrence-Doyle
Cinematographer Nicholas Burt
Editor Liam Dsilva, Tom Lawrence-Doyle
Cast Connor Pullinger, Luke Furlan, Patty Glavieux, Checc Musolino
Genre Coming of Age, Drama, LGBTQ+, Sport, Youth/Teen