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Off Country Unclassified 15+

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Indigenous teenagers navigate exams, social dramas and maintaining meaningful connections to home while at boarding school.

Every year, around 3000 Indigenous students receive scholarships to attend some of Australia’s most prestigious boarding schools. It is an immense opportunity, setting many of the youngsters on a path to a bright future, but it also means they must leave their homes and communities. Over the course of a year, Off Country follows several such students, who, despite hailing from distinct nations and having vastly different circumstances, each share a commitment to doing themselves and their families proud – no matter the difficulties.

Supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, this eye-opening and empathetic film by Rhian Skirving (Rock n Roll Nerd, MIFF Premiere Fund 2008) and MIFF Accelerator Lab alumnus John Harvey (Out of Range, MIFF 2019) captures the tremendous pressures these students face – from academics and extracurriculars to sustaining ties with kin and culture, all of which are further complicated by the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic. Through candid observations by the students and contextualising commentary by Geelong Grammar staff, Indigenous community experts and family members, Off Country tackles tough questions around identity, belonging, coming of age away from home and how best to ‘close the gap’ without creating a new one.

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In Cinema

Sat 14 Aug 12:45 pm [13081]
Off Country (95 mins)
The Capitol
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Sun 15 Aug 11:00 am [33132]
Off Country (95 mins)
Theatre Royal Castlemaine
Sun 15 Aug 1:00 pm [31142]
Off Country (95 mins)
Star Cinema Bendigo
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Sun 15 Aug 1:20 pm [32142]
Off Country (95 mins)
The Pivotonian Cinema Geelong
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Sun 15 Aug 1:30 pm [22141]
Off Country (95 mins)
Sun Theatre Yarraville
Assisted ListeningWheelchair AccessOC
Sun 15 Aug 4:30 pm [37152]
Off Country (95 mins)
Peninsula Cinemas Sorrento
Sun 15 Aug 4:30 pm [38152]
Off Country (95 mins)
Wallis Cinemas Mildura
Sun 22 Aug 3:30 pm [33522]
Off Country (95 mins)
Theatre Royal Castlemaine
Sun 22 Aug 3:45 pm [19521]
Off Country (95 mins)
Hoyts 11
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Sun 22 Aug 5:00 pm [34522]
Off Country (95 mins)
Sun Cinema Bairnsdale
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Sun 22 Aug 5:15 pm [35522]
Off Country (95 mins)
Sun Cinema Bright
This session is bookable on a pass

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Featured Subject
Geelong Grammar School
Directors
John Harvey, Rhian Skirving
Producers
Charlotte Wheaton, John Harvey, Nick Batzias, Rhian Skirving
Screenwriters
John Harvey, Rhian Skirving
Cinematographer
Dale Cochrane
Composer
Helena Czajka
Editor
Mark Atkin
Premiere Status
World Premiere
Format
Digital

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