Short Film of the Day: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

July 24, 2018
Sunday Emerson Gullifer's acclaimed short addresses the mistreatment of women in the arts.

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is a complex drama set in the world of a professional theatre company, following Lizzie (Matilda Ridgway), a working theatre actor playing Lady Macduff in a bold and visceral production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. When the play’s internationally successful auteur director, Helmut (Mark Leonard Winter), pushes the cast beyond their limits, Lizzie is thrown into a dark and unacceptable world of onstage violence and brutality, causing her to question a life of commitment and sacrifice to her calling. It is a compelling, unsettling and triumphant examination of what it means to be a woman in a world that celebrates male genius.

Made in 2016, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow had its world premiere at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival where it was highly commended in the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films. That was followed by its International Premiere at the 2017 Telluride Film Festival, screening in the Filmmakers of Tomorrow program curated by leading directors Gregory Nava (Frida, El Norte) and Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), as one of only 16 short films selected from around the world.

The film was produced in less than ten weeks after writer/director Sunday Emerson Gullifer, who had spent years working at some of Australia’s leading theatre companies, approached producer Alexandra George with an early draft of her script challenging perceptions of the supposedly privileged and glamorous lives of working actresses.

“I thought about the way men are so often elevated as geniuses, while women have to prove themselves over and over again,” says Gullifer.

“There was a sense that we were doing something right, but also a sense that Sunday was hitting something very boldly in the zeitgeist, which also happened to be very true for her,” says George. “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow is a film that challenges the stories we tell and speaks to anyone who has ever had to walk away.”

 

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