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Little Tornadoes Unclassified 18+

Language: English, Italian with English subtitles
Genre: Drama Themes: Family Stories, Nostalgia

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Co-written by The Slap author Christos Tsiolkas, this affecting period drama depicts a newly-single father’s efforts to weather the turbulence of change – in his life and in the world around him.

Introverted Leo is a steelworker at his small town’s local plant. After his wife abandons him without explanation, leaving him to care for their two young children, he is bereft – barely able to cook a decent meal or keep the household running. So when a recently-arrived Italian colleague suggests that his sister, Maria, act as surrogate homemaker, Leo reluctantly accepts. But can one woman’s warm, nurturing presence fill the void left by another, and can Leo yield to the winds of change?

The accomplished second narrative feature from MIFF Accelerator Lab alumnus Aaron Wilson (Canopy) distils the many upheavals of 1970s Australia – from immigration and post-war resettlement, to urbanisation, anti–Vietnam War protests and the women’s liberation movement – into a narrative about one man’s struggle to adapt. The moody, textural cinematography by Stefan Duscio (The Dry) conjures a rural backwater that is both specific to its time period and almost untethered from time, while the performances by Mark Leonard Winter (Balibo, MIFF Premiere Fund 2009) as Leo, Robert Menzies (Glitch) as his traumatised WWII-vet father and Silvia Colloca (Van Helsing) as Maria inject spirit into a story with loss at its core. Supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, Little Tornadoes is a portrait of a country at a turning point and the human desire for connection.

In Cinema

Sat 21 Aug 4:30 pm [37462]
Peninsula Cinemas Sorrento
Past event
Sat 21 Aug 7:30 pm [36472]
Paramount Cinemas Echuca
Past event
Sun 22 Aug 1:00 pm [33502]
Theatre Royal Castlemaine
Past event
Sun 22 Aug 1:00 pm [31512]
Star Cinema Bendigo
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
Sun 22 Aug 4:30 pm [38522]
Wallis Cinemas Mildura
Past event

For more venue information and for information about accessible services provided at MIFF this year, please go to miff.com.au/access.

To ensure that MIFF can provide you with the best customer service, if you require any accessibility services that MIFF offers at any MIFF venues, please book your ticket by emailing boxoffice@miff.com.au or by phone on 03 9087 3395.

Online

41154
Fri 20 Aug 9:00 am [41154]
Little Tornadoes (94 mins)
Online
Past event
Key Cast
Mark Leonard Winter, Robert Menzies, Silvia Colloca
Director
Aaron Wilson
Producer
Susan Schmidt, Aaron Wilson, Ian Anderson, Christian Pazzaglia, Katrina Fleming
Screenwriters
Aaron Wilson, Christos Tsiolkas
Cinematographer
Stefan Duscio
Composer
Robert Mackenzie
Editor
Cindy Clarkson
Premiere Status
World Premiere
Format
Digital

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