SHAME

Australia, 1988 (MIFF 2017, Australian)

Director: Steve Jodrell

SHAME

One woman – played by an award-winning Deborra-lee Furness – turns the tables on a country town's system of entrenched male violence in this rip-roaring Australian action flick.

Asta, a hard-edged, motorbike-riding barrister, arrives in an outback town terrorised by predatory young men who attack any woman they can get their hands on. Discovering that a teenage girl has been brutally assaulted, Asta endeavours to bring the perpetrators to justice; but when the local authorities let them off the hook, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

A pulsating, over-the-top action thriller with a decidedly feminist bent, Shame – directed by Steve Jodrell (His Master's Ghost, MIFF 1990) – is a classic of 1980s Australian cinema; Deborra-lee Furness' performance as the film's arse-kicking protagonist earning her best actress awards at both the Film Critics Circle of Australia and Seattle International Film Festival.

'Furness' astute performance is easily one of the best of 1988 … a rewarding, powerful, and thought-provoking film.' – TV Guide

Presented by the National Film and Sound Archive's digital restoration program: NFSA Restores – reviving our cinema icons.

Director Steve Jodrell will introduce the session and lead actors Deborra-lee Furness and Simone Buchanan will take part in a post-screening Q&A.


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