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Clean Unclassified 15+

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Viewer Advice: Includes themes that some may find distressing. Viewer discretion is recommended.


The genuinely inspirational story of how ‘trauma cleaner’ Sandra Pankhurst responded to an unseen world with radical kindness.

Sandra Pankhurst knew humanity at its worst, as well as its best, having lived many different lives: survivor of childhood abuse, suburban parent, drag queen, sex worker, funeral director, business owner, motivational speaker. Generous and formidable, she underwent transition in the 1980s and found her purpose running STC Services, a successful Melbourne trauma-cleaning business that she founded in the 1990s. For three decades, Pankhurst and her team – who’ve also survived tough times – have brought order and care to homes made chaotic by hoarding, addiction, violence and crime.

Premiering to acclaim at this year’s SXSW, Lachlan McLeod’s riveting documentary celebrates the compassion and resilience of its endearingly plain-spoken subject. But the film doesn’t just chronicle her adversities and accomplishments; it also shines a light on an industry largely hidden from view and a society that averts its gaze from those whom it deems ‘unsightly’. Yet it is the magnetic Pankhurst who remains the focal point throughout. Asked how she’d like to be remembered, she simply replied, “As a kind human being; nothing more, nothing less” – in Clean, she shows us the true value of exactly that.

“An affecting reflection on the fragility of life … [and] a remarkable character study with a final chapter that will leave you deeply moved.” – Hollywood Reporter

Tickets

Sun 21 Aug 11:00 am [22881]
Clean (92 mins)
Cinema Nova 1
Audio Description Wheelchair Access
Sun 21 Aug 4:00 pm [31902]
Clean (92 mins)
Capitol Cinema Warrnambool
Sun 21 Aug 4:45 pm [21901]
Clean (92 mins)
Selling Fast
The Astor Theatre
Audio Description Wheelchair Access
Sun 21 Aug 7:00 pm [34912]
Clean (92 mins)
Star Cinema Bendigo

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Featured Subject
Sandra Pankhurst
Director
Lachlan McLeod
Producers
Charlotte Wheaton, David Elliot-Jones
Cinematographers
Louis Dai, Max Walter, Sherwin Akbarazadeh
Composer
Patrick Grigg
Editors
Lachlan McLeod, Louis Dai
Production Designers
Bianca Milani, Imogen Walsh
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere

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