WELCOME TO A FAMILY!
What do you get when a bunch of Aussie filmmakers roll their cameras in Ukraine amidst a cavalcade of cultural difference and civil unrest? The unlikely and utterly fascinating black comedy A Family.
The stark, broken down, bitterly cold but often fascinating environs of Ukraine are indeed a long, long way from Melbourne, but that’s exactly the lengthy journey that Jayden Stevens and his nearly-all-Aussie crew made to complete the feature film A Family, which has wowed audiences at The Melbourne International Film Festival, Revelation Perth Film Festival and Slamdance.
A wonderfully absurdist black comedy, A Family is the story of Emerson, a man living in lonely isolation who seeks emotional refuge in the organising and documenting of family moments using low-grade impersonators. But when his fake sister becomes inspired to follow his method, their relationship struggles between the forged and the genuine.
Cast with largely non-professional Ukraine actors, and shot at a time when the region was on the brink of political calamity and all-out war, it’s a near miracle that A Family was not only completed, but also that the film is so damn good.
An antecedent of the work of Aki Kaurismaki and Yorgos Lanthimos, and the most original film you will see coming from Australia, A Family has already scored rave reviews (“A triumph,” wrote The Australian Arts Review) and picked up awards (including the inaugural Damian Hill Award for Independent Filmmaking at MIFF) ahead of its long awaited cinema release.
A Family will be playing at the Ukrainian Film Festival in Geelong at The Pivotonian cinema in July, along with the cinemas below:
Wallis Cinemas Mitcham – Adelaide
Pivotonian Cinema, Geelong