VACANT POSSESSION (1994) 35mm
Newly Restored to HD from original film materials.
95 minute drama from Wintertime Films and As If Productions
Directed by Margot Nash
Written by Margot Nash
Produced by John Winter
Starring Pamela Rabe, John Stanton, Toni Scanlon, Lynden Wilkinson, Olivia Patton, Melissa Ipploito
Following her mother's death, Tessa returns to her childhood home, a house haunted by emotional secrets. But how do you return home after years away? And what's home after all... a house... a place... a family? VACANT POSSESSION is a story of two families - one white, one Indigenous - both living in the shadow of the past. A past fragmented by events too long unresolved.
Weaving dream, memory and fantasy, past and present, VACANT POSSESSION is a story of conflict and the complexities of reconciliation.
“Often brilliantly directed – with superb cinematography from Academy Award winner Dion Beebe and a compellingly atmospheric sound track ”Vacant Possession” is a truly exciting piece of cinema…” Adrian Martin, The Age.
Distribution: Ronin Films
1998 Audience Award: La Mo-Viola Cinema Delle Donna – Torino, Italy.
1996 Speciale Mention du Jury: Films Des Femmes Créteil, France.
AFI Nomination Best Director
AFI Nomination Best Original Screenplay
AFI NominationBest Editing,
AFI NominationBest Sound
1995 Voted most popular Australian film Sydney Film Festival.
FESTIVALS and SCREENINGS
2019 2019 University of Technology Sydney – Margot Nash Retirement conference.
2017 NITV screening in Reconciliation Week plus SBS Video On Demand
2016 Between Past and Present: The films of Margot Nash Melbourne Cinematheque ACMI
2015 The Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive
2002 Buenos Aires 5th International Festival of Independent film. ARGENTINA
1999 Tribute to Australian & NZ Women Filmmakers: Films Des Femmes Créteil, FRANCE
1998 Dreaming Reels – NFSA CANBERRA
Downloading Downunder Australian Film, Video and New Media AMSTERDAM
1997 Femme Totale – Dortmund GERMANY
La Mo-Viola Cinema Delle Donna – Torino ITALY
Ist Women’s Film Festival Seoul – KOREA
Australian Film Festival Johannesburg SOUTH AFRICA.
1996 Portland International Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival
Films Des Femmes CRÊTEIL
Cannes Film Festival - Tribute to Australian Cinema
ADELAIDE ln Spaces Unsuspected Telstra Film Festival
Strictly OZ USA – UCLA and WASHINGTON (opening night film)
SYD Travelling Film Fest
Australian Day Film Festival Maleny
Dealing With Difference New Australian films KOREA Seoul, Pusan & Kwangju
Australian Identities, history and culture – DUBLIN
Arsenals Film Forum – LATVIA
Cinema Tout Ecran – GENEVA, OLDENBURG.
1995 CHICAGO International Film Festival
HAWAII International Film Festival
ASIA PACIFIC Indonesia
SYDNEY International Film Festival
MELBOURNE International Film Festival
Jump Cut International Film Festival PERTH
BRISBANE International Film Festival
Theatrical release: 1996 Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, London
Cairns, Noosa, Darwin, Adelaide, Hobart
Broadcast: SBS Australia Day 2001; NAIDOC week July 2001, SBS, NITV 2018-2019
Sensing The Past: Margot Nash's Vacant Possession
Senses of Cinema Issue 78 March 2016
Vacant Possession Review by Adrian Martin
Watch the trailer
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