Director Taylor Ferguson / 2021 / Australia

After her father unexpectedly hits her, a young girl decides to toughen up.

A revealing portrait of bravery and growth in the face of violence, this rural NSW–shot family drama is the debut from actor-turned-filmmaker Taylor Ferguson (Glitch, Homecoming Queens, The Furies) and stars Mark Leonard Winter (Little Tornadoes, MIFF 2021). Encapsulating the intermingling of tenderness and bitterness in complicated parent–child relationships, Tough is a subdued, sobering story about the harsh truths learned in childhood.

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