(1997, 101 mins)
Palace Kino Cinemas, Friday 22nd February, 6:30pm
Based on the award-winning novel, The Well is a psychological drama that will keep audiences guessing at every twist and turn. Katherine, a girl with a mysterious past finds work on an isolated farm run by an older woman, Hester. But a tragic accident shifts the balance of power, and tensions rise as Hester goes to extreme measures to maintain control over her employee. With stellar performances from Pamela Rabe (Wentworth) and Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings), The Well was nominated for the prestigious Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival. It won numerous honours worldwide, including three AFI Awards, and is a much-loved Australian classic.
Director Samantha Lang and producer Sandra Levy have painstakingly created this digital restoration of the original film, premiering in Victoria at MWFF.
Director – Samantha Lang
Writer - Elizabeth Jolley (novel), Laura Jones
Producer – Sandra Levy
The film is followed by a Q&A with Samantha Lang.
Monster (2005 / 10 mins)
Before The Babadook, there was Monster. Susan Prior (All Saints) stars as an exhausted single mother on the verge of an emotional breakdown. As she battles her son's terror of a monster in the house, she soon discovers that the sinister presence he fears is real... Or is it? Monster was a breakout success for writer/director Jennifer Kent, screening at more than 50 short film festivals around the world and receiving widespread kudos. Screen Australia supported Kent to develop the short into a full-length screenplay which became horror sensation The Babadook.
Writer / Director – Jennifer Kent
Producer – Isabel Perez