Experimental comedy CHOCOLATE OYSTER to embark on a screening and Q&A tour across Australia throughout March
“★★★★ One of the finest mumblecore films ever made in Australia. Captivating, complex, well layered, emotional storytelling” Cinema Australia
“A charming black-and-white comedy about the struggles of love” Broadsheet
“Top 10 Films to Watch at the Sydney Film Festival” – Grazia
“Indulgent, misguided and more than a touch delusional” news.com.au
Following sold out screenings at the 2018 Sydney Film Festival, audiences across Australia will be able to see the Australian experimental, observational comedy CHOCOLATE OYSTER when it premieres at a series of screening and Q&A events throughout March. Writer/director Steve Jaggi along with key cast and crew will be on deck for special Q&A events in each state.
Set in Sydney, CHOCOLATE OYSTER follows twenty-somethings Ellie (Anna Lawrence) and Taylor (Rosie Lourde), who live in Bondi apartments they can’t really afford, and pursue their dreams in a city that seems intent on thwarting them. Taylor chases a dance career by day and works as a waitress at night, while supporting her new boyfriend Henry (Ryan Harrison), an aspiring playwright. Tired of being with a dependent and juvenile boyfriend, Ellie ends her relationship and begins to see Craig (Aaron Glenane), a chef who dreams of creating a signature dish that will make his name.
Writer/director Steve Jaggi comments “CHOCOLATE OYSTER is an observational piece that details a number of decisive moments, best described as ‘forks in the road’, which we all face in our mid-20s. It was a thrill to see audience reactions at the Sydney Film Festival last year, and I’m looking forward to sharing the film with cinema-goers around the country.”
CHOCOLATE OYSTER is an experimental ‘mumble-core’ film, shot in black and white and retroscripted. With the story workshopped between the actors and director, and a great deal of improvisation, the film has a breezy quality that reflects both the beauty and difficulty of life in Sydney.
SCREENING DATES & LOCATIONS:
BYRONSHIRE: Brunswick Picture House, Thursday March 7 at 7.00pm
SAWTELL: Majestic Sawtell, Friday March 8 at 7.00pm
SYDNEY: Dendy Newtown, Friday March 15 at 7.00pm
CANBERRA: Dendy Canberra, Saturday March 16 at 7.00pm
ADELAIDE: Mercury Cinema, Sunday March 17 at 4.00pm & April 2 at 10.45am
MELBOURNE: Classic Cinemas, Monday March 18 at 6.30pm
SUNSHINE COAST: Majestic Nambour, Friday March 22 at 7.00pm
BRISBANE: Newfarm 6, Sat March 23 at 4pm & Dendy Coorparoo, Sun March 24 at 4pm
PERTH: Luna Leederville, Wednesday April 3 at 6.30pm
CHOCOLATE OYSTER is distributed in Australia by Indievillage.
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