A story of family and estrangement set amid the alien landscape of Australia’s opal mines.
Melina is making the 18-hour bus journey to be with her estranged, ailing father. He’s one of the lost, lonely men who hunt for black opals, deep in the Australian outback. She’s not entirely sure why she’s there, or why she stays, but as Melina is drawn ever further into the community, she discovers that there’s more to these men than she first assumed – and perhaps even more to herself.
A compelling and unique drama, where most of the characters are played by actual opal miners, Strange Colours is the assured, visually gorgeous feature debut from writer/director Alena Lodkina. Developed through the Venice Film Festival's Biennale College, Lodkina has made an effortless transition to feature filmmaking, producing a hypnotic dusky reverie, filled with quiet grace and power, that revels in the unique landscape of the Australian outback.
Strange Colours is one of three films chosen for the Biennale College programme and the first Australian entry ever.
"For a debut feature film made on a microbudget, Strange Colours is courting an impressive amount of industry buzz" - ABC.COM.AU
"one of the more unique Australian films of the last few years. Gorgeously shot, it marks an arresting new voice on the landscape" - THE REEL BITS
"quietly exhilerating" - THE AGE
"a visually dazzling display of understated, enjoyable performances, and heady vistas" - FILMINK AUSTRALIA
"This affecting, beautifully judged film marks the arrival in Australian cinema of a major new talent" - ADRIAN MARTIN, CRITIC
"a startling kind of phenomenological character study" - ROBEREBERT.COM
Cast: Kate Cheel, Justin Courtin, Daniel P. Jones
Director: Alena Lodkina
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