Fri Oct 27, 2:30 PM
Director: Kitty Green
Australia
105 minutes

Two backpackers take on outback culture.

Uncompromising auteur Kitty Green (Casting JonBenet, The Assistant) explodes the conventions of the outback thriller in this captivating new work. Having the time of their lives, Americans Hanna (Julia Garner) and Liv (Jessica Henwick) are best friends backpacking in Australia. After they run out of money, Liv, looking for an adventure, convinces Hanna to take a temporary live-in job behind the bar of a pub called ’The Royal Hotel’ in a remote Outback mining town. Bar owner Billy (Hugo Weaving) and a host of locals give the girls a riotous introduction to Down Under drinking culture but soon Hanna and Liv find themselves trapped in an unnerving situation that grows rapidly out of their control. Green subverts the genre by taking a female gaze towards toxic masculinity and outback culture, while giving audiences an exceptional cinematic experience.

Coming to AFF via its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Royal Hotel was produced by some of Australia’s foremost producers: Emile Sherman and Iain Canning (The Power of the Dog, Lion, The King’s Speech), Liz Watts (Animal Kingdom, The King) and Kath Shelper (Samson and Delilah, The New Boy). Filmed in South Australia, The Royal Hotel is a testament to the extraordinary films made in SA.

Film Type Feature Fiction
Language English
Director Kitty Green
Producer Kath Shelper, Liz Watts, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning
Writer Kitty Green, Oscar Redding
Cast Julia Garner, Jessica Henwick, Hugo Weaving, Ursula Yovich
Genre Adventure, Horror, Social Issue, Thriller

Screens with: Blame the Rabbit

Fri Oct 27, 2:30 PM
Director: Elena Carapetis
Australia
14 minutes

After surviving a horrific assault by her husband, Helen uses the time of his incarceration to plan her revenge. She painstakingly rebuilds herself into the entity that will have the most power over him: a beautiful woman. A surrealist, modern take on the Gorgon myth and a cautionary tale about what happens when you suppress and disrespect the Divine Feminine.

Premiere World Premiere
Film Type AFF Investment Fund, Short Fiction
Program Strand AFF Investment Fund, Made In SA
Language English
Director Elena Carapetis
Producer Lisa Scott, Adam Camporeale
Writer Elena Carapetis
Cinematographer Emerson Hosking
Editor Jack Smith
Cast Anna Lindner, Anna Steen, Brendan Rock, Henry Cooper, Elvy-Lee Quici
Genre Reality, Satire, Women