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Molly Reynolds’ new film ShoPaapaa will be presented during Sydney Film Festival, with screenings at Palace Central on November 9 and 13, and SFF OnDemand virtual screenings available for national audiences.
Following the national release this year of her documentary made in collaboration with David Gulpilil, My Name is Gulpilil, Reynolds secures her reputation for inventive and innovative filmmaking as she returns with a creative collaboration with acclaimed London-based filmmaker, Shekhar Bassi.
Capturing a defined yet significant period of world events through the eyes of a creative artist in lockdown, the footage was self-shot during 2020 by Bassi who, physically compromised with a degenerative illness, was alone and totally isolated in suburban Ealing, London.
At that time, he had been ‘shielded’ for the past six months and would continue to be indefinitely, at least until there is an effective vaccine, which may be never. Somehow, he still believes the future is bright.
Cinematically audacious, ShoPaapaa is an exploration of the line between drama and documentary in the worst of times and the best of times.
As the film was finished towards the end of 2020, the tagline was “WTF happened to 2020. With ShoPaapaa we might just find out.” Viewed in 2021, ShoPaapaa gives audiences the opportunity to reflect on what we knew then, with what we know now.
ShoPaapaa is written and directed by Molly Reynolds, Shekhar Bassi, produced by Molly Reynolds, Rolf de Heer and Shalinder Bassi.
Sydney Film Festival Cinema Screenings
Tuesday, 9 November 8.15pm
Saturday, 13 November 6pm
SFF On Demand 12–21 November