Remembering Agatha 15+, unless accompanied by an adult
The hardest thing about being magical is pretending to be ordinary.
For Agatha, Christmas triggers sadness. She yearns for freedom laced with imagination, when magical creatures were part of a game played with friends in the forest. The death of her parents after a 1978 Christmas Party still haunts Agatha. She sees similarities of her parent’s unhappy marriage in her own. The Black Madonna statue from her childhood visits Agatha, escalating her anxiety and goading her towards change. The discovery of a mysterious portal offers Agatha the possibility of resolving her grief and saving her crumbling marriage.
Funding Partners: Adelaide Film Festival, ABC Arts, Screen Australia, Austalia Council for the Arts, Create NSW.
Director Emma Magenta | Producer Ester Harding | Cinematographer Judd Overton, Susan Stitt | Editor Katrina Barker, Laurie Hughes | Composer Cye Wood | Cast Andrea Demetriades, Alex Dimitriades, Sacha Horler, Branden Christine, Ben Winspear, Chantelle Jamieson, Sierra Corkins
Born in Sydney in 1972, Emma Magenta began her career drawing on brown paper bags, while working at a bookshop. After pinning them to the front window, they accrued a cult status and she was offered a publishing deal for her works: The Peril of Magnificent Love, A Gorgeous Sense of Hope, The Origin of Lament, and an illustrated children’s book: Orlando on a Thursday. She also provided the illustrations for the children’s book Planet Yawn by Toni Collette.