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Australia, 2010, 86 Minute Running Time
US Premiere
Topics: Coming of Age, Drama, Seniors, Woman Director
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: English

Not long after 11-year-old Lou's father walks out of her life, her irascible and befuddled grandfather Doyle crashes in, and against all her expectations, Lou discovers the healing power of love. This tender drama is blessed by marvelous performances from British actor John Hurt as the foul-mouthed sailor whose mind is starting to fail and Lily Bell-Tindley as the granddaughter he's never seen before. Director/writer Belinda Chayko's second feature is slim on plot but long on emotional rewards.

Living in rural New South Wales, working-class single mother Rhia is struggling to evade debt collectors and raise three young daughters. The eldest, and hardened beyond her years, Lou blames Rhia for the departure of her father, who walked out 10 months ago and hasn't been seen since. Mother-daughter relations hit bottom when Rhia takes in Doyle, her father in-law, who is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's. Doyle turns Lou's initial hostility around with exciting tales of his South Seas adventures. But coursing deepest in his mind are fractured memories of Annie, his late wife. Before long, Doyle "sees" Annie in Lou and imagines he is courting her all over again.

Director Belinda Chayko to attend all screenings

DIRECTOR: Belinda Chayko
Producer: Michael McMahon, Helen Bowden, Tony Ayres, Belinda Chayko,
Editor: Denise Haratzis
Screenwriter: Belinda Chayko
Cinematographer: Hugh Miller
Music: Glenn Richards
Principal Cast: John Hurt, Emily Barclay, Lily Bell-Tindley
Filmography: City Loop (2000)
Print Source: Bankside Films - www.bankside-films.com

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