Australia, 1988 (MIFF 2017, Australian)

Director: Steve Jodrell


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.

See also...

His Master's Ghost

A vacation music camp, an old country estate, a mysterious caretaker who can fix his eye on the students and make them play like virtuosos and the unexplained death of a musician who loved Beethoven a... More »


Join us for a very special screening of the much-anticipated new instalment of Jane Campion’s award-winning series, starring Elisabeth Moss, Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie and Nicole Kidman.... More »


Australia's foremost documentary portraitist, Tom Zubrycki, follows refugee Zacharia Machiek from Sydney to Sudan as he dedicates his life to building a school in the village he left behind. ... Zacha... More »


Sally Ingleton's documentary charts the for­tunes of best friends Sun Jian and Guo Pei, as they prepare to stage their first designer col­lection in Shanghai's annual Fashion Week. ... Their timing co... More »


Dan Jones (Detour de France, MIFF 2006) and Marcus Cobbledick (Fairless, MIFF 2015) team up to bring us the the story of GreenEDGE, Australia's first ProTour cycling team. ... In 2011, as world tour c... More »


Love, lies and Qu'ranic scripture collide on the streets of Melbourne in Osamah Sami's sweet, funny and (unfortunately) true tale of the lengths one man will go to find love – and avoid disappointing ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director