GRACEFUL GIRLS

Australia, 2015 (MIFF 2015, This Sporting Life)

Director: Olivia Peniston-Bird

Guts, stamina, dedication, power. You'll need all four to be crowned "Most Graceful Girl".

In the beautiful, physically demanding and almost forgotten world of calisthenics, there is only one title that matters: Most Graceful Girl. For 26-year-old primary school teacher Brianna Lee, three-time Graceful Girl runner-up, there's nothing she wants more in this world. But calisthenics is a young woman's sport and time is running out, so with the aid of legendary coach Diane Synnott, Brianna decides to have one last tilt at the crown.

A consistently surprising portrait of a sport that most people don't even realise exists, Graceful Girls is the endlessly charming feature film debut from Olivia Peniston-Bird. Filled with remarkable, larger-than-life characters and some of the best rivalries this side of pro-boxing, Graceful Girls is a true testament to the driving power of obsession, and the way that the spirit of competition can lead us to discover the better parts of our nature.

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