Next Gen is an initiative of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), designed with young people in mind to enrich their cinema experience as well as stimulate discussion and social awareness. Next Gen films are suitable to audiences of all ages and will screen during MIFF, which runs from 25 July to 11 August.
Tuesday 18 June
ACMI, Australian Centre for the Moving Image
5.45pm arrival for 6pm start
Maximum two tickets per teacher
USA (89 mins, dir. Marta Cunningham)
KEY THEMES: Transphobia, homophobia, identity, school violence, perception, death
SUITABLE YEAR LEVELS: Senior Secondary +
CURRICULUM LINKS: Civics and citizenship, Interpersonal Development, Personal Learning, Thinking Processes
“[A] stirring pro-tolerance documentary.” – Hollywood Reporter
“He was solving a problem.” That’s how one juror describes the actions of Brandon McInerney, a 14-year-old from Oxnard, California, who shot and killed his cross-dressing classmate Lawrence King. Serving a 21-year sentence for second degree murder, Brandon has been cast as both monster and victim, but the truth of the matter is far more complex – and uncomfortable.
In the timely Valentine Road, first-time filmmaker Marta Cunningham unpicks the story of a peculiarly American tragedy. Winning the trust of a town in mourning, Cunningham weaves a clear-eyed, challenging and impassioned portrait of middle American collapse and the often tragic consequences of everyday intolerance.
More information on the full Next Gen film program is available from miff.com.au/nextgen.
School Bookings and ATOM Study Guides are available now from metromagazine.com.au/nextgen.