SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL AND CASULA POWERHOUSE PRESENT
HERE OUT WEST
Stories from eight talented Western Sydney writers intertwine poignantly through themes of family and place in a groundbreaking film that reframes the Australian story.
A poignant drama about family and an authentic portrait of place written by eight talented writers from Western Sydney, Here Out West is a groundbreaking film that reframes the Australian story. In 2018, a group of writers and creative producers gathered with the aim of responding to the growing demand for diverse narratives that reflect contemporary Australia, and to tell those stories on the scale they deserved.
Across eight distinct, interconnected scenarios, Here Out West achieves just that. Nancy visits her daughter, who has just given birth in hospital, accompanied by her 8-year-old Lebanese neighbour Amirah. The grandchild is to be taken away by the authorities, and in an impetuous decision, Nancy steals the baby and, with Amirah in tow, flees the hospital. Over the course of a dramatic day, Nancy’s flight sets off a chain of events that brings together complete strangers.
Through these compelling stories and myriad characters, Here Out West explores themes such as assimilation, racism, aspiration and filial connection. With a kaleidoscopic view of a place and its diverse people, the film beautifully and authentically captures the richness and complexity of a modern Australian community.
Nisrine Amine, Bina Bhattacharya, Matias Bolla, Claire Cao, Arka Das, Dee Dogan, Vonne Patiag and Tien Tran are emerging writers and creatives from Western Sydney. They were selected via a highly competitive process to develop their screenplays for Here Out West. Directors Fadia Abboud, Lucy Gaffy, Julie Kalceff, Ana Kokkinos and Leah Purcell joined the creative collaboration to bring the writers’ unique stories to the screen.
LANGUAGE In Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Kurdish, Kurmanji, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish and Vietnamese with English subtitles
DIRECTOR/S Fadia Abboud, Lucy Gaffy, Julie Kalceff, Ana Kokkinos, Leah Purcell
PRODUCER/S Annabel Davis, Sheila Jayadev, Bree-Anne Sykes
CAST Christian Ravello, Arka Das, De Lovan Zandy
SCREENWRITER/S Nisrine Amine, Bina Bhattacharya, Matias Bolla, Claire Cao, Arka Das, Dee Dogan, Vonne Patiag, Tien Tran
CINEMATOGRAPHER Tania Lambert
EDITOR Martin Connor
EAT WITH US!
Enjoy a delicious three-course meal ($50) in our on-site restaurant, Bellbird Dining and Bar before you see Here Out West! Our chefs will be preparing a menu inspired by the film:
- Handmade falafels, labne, pickles & crispy Lebanese Bread
- Grain Feed Slow Roasted Sirloin, Asian Greens & Chilli Sauce
- Eton Mess