Undertow, the acclaimed first feature by award winning director Miranda Nation is releasing nationally on February 27, 2020.
A MIFF Premiere Fund film, written and directed by Miranda Nation and produced by Lyn Norfor (Hot Mess), Undertow stars Olivia DeJonge (Elvis, The Visit), Laura Gordon (The Reckoning), Rob Collins (Total Control) and Josh Helman (Mad Max: Fury Road), and was shot in the evocative Geelong and Surf Coast region where Nation grew up. The film had its US Premiere at the Austin Film Festival and International Premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival this year.
Undertow is a female-driven story created by a proudly female-strong crew including executive producers Liz Watts (Animal Kingdom), Sheila Jayadev (Ali’s Wedding), and Prue Williams (Hot Mess): an all-female camera crew led by DOP Bonnie Elliott: production designer Penelope Southgate and costume designer Stacey O’Connor.
“It’s a thrilling time to be a female filmmaker, to create and tell stories with strong, complex characters, and take these stories to the world,” said Nation. “I am passionate about representing the lives of women; the relationship we have with our bodies, our sexuality and our role as the bearers of life.”
Undertow is the story of two women whose lives become dangerously enmeshed. Grieving the loss of her stillborn baby, Claire becomes suspicious of her husband’s relationship with a feisty young woman, Angie. When she discovers Angie is pregnant, Claire develops an increasingly irrational obsession with her that puts both their lives at risk. Only when Claire is confronted with the brutal truth behind Angie’s pregnancy can both women begin to heal.
“I am fascinated by the inherent tension between our animal and civilised selves,” Nation said. “Often, we try to suppress the primal parts of our natures, only for them to rise to the surface with redoubled force and terrible consequences. Undertow explores the female body as a landscape on which the scars of this age-old struggle are violently inscribed.”
Miranda Nation is an award-winning writer-director with a passion for storytelling and social justice. A graduate of AFTRS, Miranda’s short film, Eli The Invincible (2011) premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, won the SBS Programming award at Flickerfest, and was selected for the Melbourne International Film Festival.
Miranda’s short film Perception (2013) was produced through Screen Australia’s highly competitive Springboard Program. Perception won the Dendy Award for Best Short Film at the Sydney Film Festival, was nominated for an AACTA Award and had its international premiere at Clermont-Ferrand.