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1998, 83 Minutes

A mother’s death draws her three estranged daughters back to their ramshackle childhood home on the remote North Queensland coast, where they are forced to confront her legacy of half-truths, unfinished business and family secrets.

The sisters have drifted about as far apart as it is possible to drift and each of them has a different reason for returning. Over the course of twenty four hours, the skeletons in the family closet emerge, rattling violently.

Cressy the eldest is a diva—an opera singer who is reluctant to revisit the past and certainly doesn't want to share it with her sisters. However nurse Mae, the second sister, believes that Cressy hasn't shared enough. And Nona, the youngest—the party girl—just wants them all to be one big, happy family!

This is also a special time, because for one night only you can walk across the mud flats to nearby Nora Island, where three generations ago their mother’s people were kicked off by white farmers. And it is here that Nona wants to scatter their mother’s ashes. But the journey will be fraught for these three very different sisters as it becomes clear that Cressy holds the key to a terrifying secret.

Love, 'madness' and a ramshackle house on the remote North Queensland coast conspire to create an irreverent tale of family intrigue.

An Eclipse Films Production.
© Australian Film Commission, New South Wales Film and Television Office, The Premium Movie Partnership, Special Broadcasting Service Corporation, Andyinc Pty Limited, Joanna Baevski, Michael Myer and Eclipse Films Pty Limited.
Distributed by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Shifting Sands


Director: Rachel Perkins

Writer: Louis Nowra (based on his stage play ‘Radiance’)

Featured People: Rachael Maza (Cressy); Deborah Mailman (Nona); Trisha Morton-Thomas (Mae).

Year: 1998

Running Time: 83 Minutes

Classification: M. Consumer Advice: Adult themes; Medium level coarse language.

Region: 0

Curriculum Links: Indigenous Studies - Culture and Identity; Australian History; Drama; Film Studies - Indigenous Representation and Identity; English K-10 - Insights into Aboriginal experiences in Australia; NSW Stage 6 English - 'Part of the Family - English and Family Life'; Prescribed Film Text, Stage 2 English Studies, South Australian Certificate of Education; PDHPE; HSIE/SOSE; Theatre and Performance Studies (based on Louis Nowra's play 'Radiance')



SKU 201270100
Brand Film Australia

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