Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt)
"Growing up, a lesbian romcom could have changed my life. This new Australian film made me weep"
— Rebecca Shaw
DATE: Wednesday 11 March 2020
LOCATION: New Farm Cinemas
Festival Guests in attendance:
Director Monica Zanetti
Cast Julia Billington
Director Monica Zanetti
Run Time 84min
Cast Sophie Hawkshaw, Marta Dusseldorp, Julia Billington, Zoe Terakes, Rachel House
Awards & Screenings World Premiere Mardi Gras Film Festival 2020
School captain Ellie (Sophie Hawkshaw) is seriously crushing on her rebellious classmate Abbie (Zoe Terakes). Determined to ask her first love to the year 12 formal, Ellie devises a plan to go public with the invitation but before she can go through with it, her dead aunt Tara (Julia Billington) reappears from beyond the grave. Believing she’s been brought back from the dead to be Ellie’s fairy godmother, Tara dishes out unwanted dating advice based on her life as an out lesbian in the 80s.
Featuring a star studded cast including Janet King alumni Marta Dusseldorp, Julia Billington, Zoe Terakes (Wentworth) and Rachel House (Thor: Ragnarok).
This session will be followed by a Q&A with director Monica Zanetti and cast member Julia Billington
Screening with short film Bonnibel Benson and the Plant that Wasn’t Hers
Director Talia Newton
Run Time 9min
Cast Clare Fotinos, Ruby Gonzales, Kimberly Hodgkinson
Bonnibel Benson has a pot plant that was left behind by her ex-girlfriend, Ruby. Upon deciding what to do with the plant, Ruby requests that it be returned to her. Seeing this as an opportunity to get even for past events, Bonnie refuses. Though she learns keeping the plant may be less of a ‘f*ck you’ then she desired.
Breakups are shitty. Watching someone go through a breakup, or going through one yourself, you notice how many everyday things transform into wins and losses. Who gets the TV? Which friends still talk to who? Who is more uncomfortable at a party the other is attending as well? My reality of breakups is that they simply involve two people trying to come to terms with a new reality. I wanted to create a film that spoke to the journey it takes to realise this. The realisation that trying to ‘win’ a breakup, or at least what you can of one, tends to do more harm than good.
The setting for this story was important to me. Growing up in the south-west suburbs of Brisbane myself, the classic suburban Queenslander environment feels rarely showcased for its beauty in my humble opinion.
— Talia Newton