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Friends and Strangers MA 15+

Director: James Vaughan
Origin: Australia (2021)
Language: English

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The drift of twentysomething life comes under the lens in this celebrated Aussie slacker satire.

Ray, a self-absorbed Sydney videographer, is set to film a fancy wedding at a waterside McMansion, but doesn’t quite have things under control. Alice is driving from Brisbane, and invites him on a flirtatious camping trip that turns fraught. Later, finally at the ostentious villa, Ray clashes with the father of the bride, a garrulous art collector.

Friends and Strangers – the first ever Australian title selected for IFFR’s Tiger Competition – is the impressive feature debut of James Vaughan. The writer/director honed his observational vignette approach at MIFF, winning the Emerging Australian Filmmaker award for You Like It, I Love It (MIFF 2013) and co-writing There Is No Such Thing as a Jellyfish (MIFF 2014) with director Alena Lodkina (Strange Colours, MIFF 2018). Musing on serendipity, ennui, colonisation and social mobility, this formally playful work is already drawing comparisons to the films of Jim Jarmusch, Éric Rohmer and Hong Sang-soo.

“Stealthily superb … Vaughan takes sitcom-like material about the mishaps of young middle-class urbanites and reinvigorates it with his hilariously offbeat comic sensibility and quietly impressive cinematic flair.” – Jigsaw Lounge

In Cinema

Mon 16 Aug 6:00 pm [13211]
The Capitol
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
Fri 20 Aug 6:30 pm [24411]
Pentridge Coburg 12
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

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Key Cast
Emma Diaz, Fergus Wilson
Director
James Vaughan
Producers
Lucy Rennick, Rebecca Lamond
Screenwriter
James Vaughan
Cinematographer
Dimitri Zaunders
Editor
James Vaughan
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital
Company Credit
Distributor: Bonsai

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