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A release date has been announced for Little Tornadoes, along with a brand new trailer.
Written and director by Aaron Wilson (Canopy) and co-written by The Slap author Christos Tsiolkas, this heartfelt and affecting period drama depicts a newly-single father’s efforts to weather the turbulence of change – in his life adnd in the world around him.
Launching on the festival circuit with its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival followed by screenings at the Brisbane International Film Festival and CinéfestOZ, Little Tornadoes received an honourable mention as one of ACMI’s best films of 2021.
Introverted Leo (Mark Leonard Winter) is a steelworker at his small town’s local plant. After his wife abandons him without explanation, leaving him to care for their two young children, he is bereft – barely able to cook a decent meal or keep the household running. So, when a recently-arrived Italian colleague suggests that his sister, Maria (Silvia Colloca), act as surrogate homemaker, Leo reluctantly accepts. But can one woman’s warm, nurturing presence fill the void left by another, and can Leo yield to the winds of change?
The film distils the many upheavals of 1970s Australia – from immigration and post-war resettlement, to anti–Vietnam War protests and the women’s liberation movement – into a narrative about one man’s struggle to adapt and a new immigrant endeavouring to find her place in a foreign land. LITTLE TORNADOES is a portrait of a country at a turning point and the human desire for connection.
Little Tornadoes received production finance support from Film Victoria and the Melbourne International Film Festival’s MIFF Premiere Fund.
Little Tornadoes will release in cinemas across Australia on May 12.