Skip to main content

Christmas Presence

Australia, 1997 (MIFF 1998, Fiction)

Director: Glendon Whelan

The story of Alan (John Flaus), a man dying of cancer who makes a belated attempt to establish a relationship with his son Denis (Luke Elliot), abandoned twenty years earlier. Smart dialogue, powerfully emotional (but never histrionic) performances from Flaus and Elliot, production values and a script which is never sentimental ensure that this one hits home.

See also...

Tulip

Australian actress Rachel Griffiths proves that she can create magic from either side of the camera. Tulip is the story of William, a man who has just lost his wife of 45 years, and his relationship ... More »

Amor

Through a progression of flashbacks, Amor tells the story of eight year old Caitlin living with her diplomat parents in Buenos Aires. Influenced by the surrounding popular culture of romance, Caitlin ... More »

Two/Out

Two/Out explores the intimate and emotional friendship between two prison cellmates. Their fragile bond begins to unravel when Jack falls in love with a black plastic bag. ... More »

Sunday Hungry

The relationship between a taxi driver and his soon-to-be-a-doctor son sours as the latter increasingly seeks independence from a father whose pride in his ungrateful child is slowly becoming envy ... More »

Tangerine Dream

At 20 you think you're going to conquer the world in a (nano) second. You're somewhere else entirely. Kern Light's Tangerine Dream is a witty, but also poetic, exploration of this 20-something ... More »

Night Ride

A young man takes the night bus home and finds himself in mortal conflict with a crazed, masked murder. (As you do,) Sounds a bit naff? Don't be fooled. There are moments in this superbly crafted ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director