Run time: 96 mins

A young arrival at an Australian nunnery begins to exhibit unusual powers in Warwick Thornton’s fantastical drama.


We’re in the thick of World War Two, though at the Outback nunnery overseen by Sister Eileen (Cate Blanchett), they feel the fighting less than its attendant austerity. A young Aboriginal boy (Aswan Reid) is seized by police and taken to an orphanage located in the back of beyond.


He possesses supernatural faith-healing abilities taking the shape of a spark that flits around the air. His ability to absorb and withstand others’ pain places him closer to saintly than magical.


With a mix of righteous anger and abiding serenity, Thornton terraforms the Wild West of his home nation into a spiritually parched landscape. He also refuses the responsibility of nourishing its inhabitants, making his pint-sized onscreen avatar – in both the secular and sacred senses – a saviour in spite of himself.


A gentle, odd little Australian fable. Thornton’s film has a lot of thoughts to process, and while they don’t always cohere, the performances from Blanchett and Reid keep you utterly engrossed.


Wednesday 17th April
19:30
Saturday 20th April
19:00
Thursday 18th April
14:00
Thursday 18th April
19:30
Friday 19th April
14:00
Friday 19th April
19:30
LAST FEW SEATS
Tuesday 23rd April
14:00
Tuesday 23rd April
19:30
Thursday 25th April
14:00
Thursday 25th April
19:30
Sunday 28th April
18:00
Monday 29th April
14:00
Tuesday 30th April
14:00
Tuesday 30th April
19:30