The Five Provocations

(2019, 84 mins)

Kino Palace Cinemas, Saturday 23rd February, 7pm


This session is recommended for persons over 15 years.


The lives of four very different people intertwine in this performance-driven ensemble drama about dealing with loss and finding yourself. Marlena takes on a timid housemate, Bridget, while secretly dealing with the loss of her married lover, Rosie. Rosie’s husband Paul is also going through his own grief. Handyman Clinton grapples with parenting a teenage daughter and his own developing gender identity. Throughout the film these people will fall apart, but also come together and change each other’s lives. Woven into all these stories are the mysterious five provocations, played with mischievous charm by stars of Australian cabaret. The Five Provocations explores the different ways that people cope with grief and build connections with others to help them overcome their sense of loss.

Director Angie Black skilfully merges performance art from Melbourne’s vibrant theatre scene with a fictional narrative to create an immersive and unique cinema experience. The film premiered to great acclaim at the 2018 Melbourne Queer Film Festival.

Writer / Director – Angie Black

Producers – Angie Black, Atalanti Dionysus, Kelly Dingeldei, Kris Darmody

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Angie Black.