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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.


2023 Goodbye Pink Flamingo Film festival - Margot Nash Retrospective

2022 Unknown Pleasures (with flmmaker Q&A) Thornbury Picture House, Melbourne

2021 Melbourne International Film Festival - Restoration Program

2019 2019 University of Technology Sydney – Margot Nash 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


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

© 2016 - As If Productions

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