F*!#ing Adelaide 15+, unless accompanied by an adult
F*!#ing life, f*!#ing expectations, f*!#ing home, f*!#ing family, f*!#ing Adelaide!
Commissioned by ABC and Screen Australia for their 'Long Story Short' initiative.
Adelaide is a place Eli (Brendan Maclean) said he’d only return to for Christmases and funerals. But now, at twenty-eight, Eli’s exciting Sydney life is not going as planned. His singing career is a spandex-clad joke and his recently ex-boyfriend refuses to let him back into their apartment. So, when his eccentric mother Maude (Pamela Rabe) asks him to help clean up their family home, a defeated Eli finds himself on a plane back to the sleepy town he had so desperately fought to escape. Joining him are his siblings: his eternally optimistic younger sister Kitty (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) and his successful older half-sister Emma (Kate Box), visiting from Thailand with her young family – all of them crammed together into a house they once called home. However, Maude reveals the true reason for assembling her family – she’s selling the house. Suddenly, the visit becomes a squabbling delve into the buried past, until the kids’ singular focus on getting what they want brings unimagined consequences for the entire family.
A deeply intimate riff on how fucked (and glorious) it can be to return home, each episode of this six part comedy-drama is told from the distinct point-of-view of a different character, illuminating the funny story of this heart-breaking family reunion.
Screening on ABCTV and iView later this year.
Funding Partners: Adelaide Film Festival, ABC TV, Screen Australia, South Australian Film Corporation
Director Sophie Hyde | Screenwriter Matthew Cormack, Matt Vesely, Sophie Hyde | Producer Rebecca Summerton, Sophie Hyde, Bryan Mason | Cinematographer Bryan Mason | Editor Bryan Mason | Composer Mario Späte | Cast Pamela Rabe, Kate Box, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Brendan Maclean
Sophie Hyde is a director and producer who is one of the principals in Adelaide's Closer Productions. She directed the feature drama 52 Tuesdays (2014), which won the directing award for world cinema at Sundance and the Crystal Bear at the Berlinale. Her production credits include Sam Klemke's Time Machine (2015), Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (2011) and Life in Movement (2012), which she also co-directed. She is currently a recipient of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship and Screen Australia’s Feature Enterprise Program.