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In this episode of the Cinema Australia Podcast we’re joined by Australian filmmaker Luke Sullivan and veteran actor Robin Royce Queree to discuss their brave, bold, ambitious, unsettling and highly disturbing apocalyptic drama Reflections in the Dust.
An unspoken event has caused civilisation to crumble, leaving the survivors to cluster in the wilderness. Among them is a blind girl who struggles to survive with her father – a paranoid schizophrenic clown. As she dreams of what may exist beyond this wasteland, her father is increasingly consumed by fear, paranoia and hysteria.
Reflections in the Dust is a powerful allegory for the epidemic of violence against women in Australia and is dedicated to the countless women who continue to lose their lives on a weekly basis at the hands of a male. The Australian government deemed the film was too extreme for audiences and strongly suggested it not be completed during production, however director Luke Sullivan pushed on with the film, asserting that such an extreme story needs to be told in an era where ‘we are losing grandmothers, mothers, sisters and friends to senseless acts of violence perpetrated by men’.
Reflections in the Dust is in cinemas now. Find out where you can see it here.