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Chantou

  • Feature Film
  • 90 mins
  • Drama
  • Writers: Ben Pfeiffer and Grant Scicluna
  • Director: Grant Scicluna
  • Producer: Jannine Barnes
  • Supported by Film Victoria and Screen Australia
Unconventional gay couple Harry and James are parents to a Cambodian, adopted daughter, Lucy. On their annual trip to Cambodia they encounter trouble when the government revoke their adoption and refuse to let Lucy leave the country. Lucy’s real family never willingly gave her up but now Jorani and Davuth have financial and psychological battles that preclude them from welcoming her back immediately. New notions of family must be forged as they make the heartbreaking decision of what is best for Lucy.

Pig’s Blood

  • Feature Film
  • 90 mins
  • Black Comedy
  • Based on the novel by Peter Robb.
  • Writer/Director: Grant Scicluna
  • Producer: Jannine Barnes
  • Supported by Screen Australia
A 19-year-old gangster sent from Naples to Sydney to kill a celebrity chef finds himself in mayhem after falling for a trailer-trash Lolita.Based on the cult pulp noir by Peter Robb, Pig’s Blood is a confronting, violent yet comic thriller about people with dreams. It ends badly. People die. Twenty two years ago Pasquale left Naples with a suitcase full of money that didn’t belong to him. No one is ever out of Don Mimi’s reach though, even after hiding out for twenty two years in Australia. The Mafia Don decides to send a young man Salvatore to Australia to kill Pasquale. The problem is that Sal’s not too bright and easily seduced by glamour. Things get a whole lot more complicated when Sal meets Fayette, a trailer trash Lolita who just wants to have a good time and kill her stepfather.

The World Beneath

  • Feature Film
  • Drama
  • Based on the novel by Cate Kennedy
  • Writer: Cate Kennedy
  • Director: Grant Scicluna
  • Producer: Jannine Barnes
  • Supported by Screen Australia

An unswerving portrait of a broken family whose members go to extraordinary lengths to reclaim their lives and relationships from the mistakes of the past.Winner of the People’s Choice Award for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award 2010, The World Beneath is a story of survival set against the might and unpredictable landscape of Tasmania. Once Rich and Sandy were part of the world famous blockade in Tasmania to save the wilderness. Now, twenty-five years later, the only thing they have in common is their fifteen year old daughter Sophie. When Rich decides to take Sophie, the daughter he barely knows, on a trek in the Tasmanian wilderness, his over confidence and her growing disillusion with him set off a chain of events that no one could have predicted. Instead of respect, Rich finds antagonism in his relationship with Sophie; and in the vast landscape he once felt an affinity with, he encounters nothing but disorientation and fear.

No Man is Innocent

  • Feature Film
  • Drama
  • Writer: Jason Christou
  • Producer: Jannine Barnes
In the lead up to Christmas 1965, Ronald Ryan engineers a daring escape from Melbourne’s maximum security Pentridge Prison. In the chaos, a guard is shot and killed. Upon his capture, and with the public baying for blood, Barrister Philip Opas is assigned the case that will not only define his career but will go on to shape the ethics of the nation. Convinced that politics, not evidence, is at play, Opas risks professional suicide taking up the fight to clear Ryan and save him from the gallows.