Skip to main content

LA SPAGNOLA

Australia, 2000 (MIFF 2001, Australian Showcase)

Director: Steve Jacobs

1960s Australia, not the swinging city, but a dusty fibro amidst scorched grass in the shadow of an oil refinery Lola (Lola Marceli) is an exotic Spanish woman, defiantly serving chorizos in a land of roast lamb and veggies. But her husband, Ricardo, has had enough of her fiery ways. He heads for calmer waters with his all-Australian mistress, Wendy, and the family savings. Lola and her adolescent daughter, Lucia (Alice Ansara), are left with a goat, a flock of pigeons and an empty refrigerator. An angry Lola struggles on but plenty of her temper lands on Lucia, who misses her father terribly. Lola's lust for revenge, partly fuelled by Ricardo's purchase of a shiny new automobile, drives a wedge between her and Lucia. Lola's procession of lovers widens the rift, especially when Stefano (Alex Dimitriades) seems just as interested in Lucia as her mother.

Director Steve Jacobs and producer/ screenwriter Anna-Maria Monticelli take a fresh and comical look at the cultural divide in this, Jacobs', directorial debut A tale of love and survival laced with a liberal amount of Mediterranean locura.

See also...

The Man You Know

A portrait of a young man's struggle for identity unfolds as he orchestrates a chaotic collection of images from his past The political Campaigning of his father Boh Proudfool ithe Man Von Know) ... More »

CITY OF DREAMS

City of Dreams tells the fascinating story of an unconventional couple—Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney Griffin; visionary American architects, whose imaginative engagement with ... More »

GERRY HUMPHRYS – THE LOVED ONE

What ever happened to Gerry Humphrys? This is teh question asked and answered in Nigel Buesst's tribute to a great lost figure in Australian music. Humphrys is best remembered as front man for The ... More »

ANGST

This youthful Australian comedy sparkles with the wit of the Y generation—too old to be Generation X but still not game enough to quit their jobs at the video library. And that's where Dan ... More »

THE FIFTH SET

2000 marks the 100th anniversary of The Davis Cup, the world's most prestigious tennis trophy. Using rare archival footage and new interviews with Australia's stars of yesteryear and today, The Fifth ... More »

BETTER THAN SEX

In an early moment of Better Than Sex hilarity, David Wenham feigns chewing his own arm off. Broaching the subject of sneaking off before the previous night's drunken conquest wakes, Wenham imbues ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director