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Year: 2006

Classification: M

Runtime: 52 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Stuart McDonald

Produced By: Beth Frey, Lizzette Atkins

Language: English

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Death, love and family values are all up for re-negotiation in this dark and unusual black comedy.

With unusual sensitivity and insight, STRANDED is a drama that observes a family struggling to cope in the aftermath of a suicide. Emma Lung gives a superb performance as Claudia, the older of two sisters, constantly warring with her deeply disturbed sibling, and trying desperately to start a new life for herself. Claudia lives in a world of no job, no school and no money. Since her mother's death, her sister won't go to school and her father Rex simply won't get off the couch. The house is in a state of extreme neglect.

In a heart-wrenching climax, Claudia resolves to confront her family situation but finds an even greater state of domestic chaos when two homeless children are dumped on the household.

Winner of many awards, STRANDED is crafted with consummate skill by director Stuart McDonald and writer Kathleen O'Brien, walking a fine line between human comedy and tragedy.

"A smart, distinctive and occasionally unsettling coming-of-age comedy" - London Film Festival programme notes.

  • 2007 LOGIE WINNER! Graham Kennedy award for most outstanding new talent - EMMA LUNG
  • WINNER! 3 AFI Awards Best Short Fiction Film, Best Screenplay, and Outstanding Achievement Award [Emma Lung]
  • WINNER! IF Awards - Best Short Film
  • WINNER! ATOM Award for Best Short Fiction
  • WINNER! Film Critics' Circle Award for Best Australian Short Film
  • WINNER! BEST FEATURE FILM and BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE - Ashland Independent film Festival

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