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BFF21 Nowhere Special

M 96 MIN
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John (the talented James Norton, Grantchester, Little Women), a 35-year-old window cleaner, devotes his life to bringing up his 4-year-old son, Michael, after the child's mother left them soon after giving birth. Their life is a simple one, made up of universal daily rituals and innocent love that reveals the strength of their relationship.

When John is given only a few months left to live, he attempts to find a new, perfect family for Michael, determined to shield him from the terrible reality of the situation. Although initially certain of what he is looking for, John becomes overwhelmed by doubts about the decision and in his struggle, he accepts the help of a young social worker. Finally accepting his anger at the injustice of his destiny, John realises the need to share the truth with his son and to follow the child's instincts on the biggest decision of their lives.

A poignant story told with great tenderness and enormous heart, Nowhere Special is a beautiful film that examines the small and intimate moments of a moving father-son relationship.


OFFICIAL SELECTION – Venice Film Festival  

OFFICIAL SELECTION – Revelation Perth International Film Festival 2021 

WINNER – Valladolid International Film Festival 2020, Audience Award 

WINNER – Warsaw International Film Festival 2020, Feature Film Audience Award  

WINNER – Pula Film Festival 2021, Audience Award 

NOMINEE – Stockholm Film Festival 2020, Impact Award 

NOMINEE – International Cinephile Society Awards 2021, Best Actor 


"James Norton gives a subtly powerful performance."

- The Guardian

"Despite its inherent heartbreak, there is something peaceful, even uplifting about Nowhere Special, and the feeling lingers after the credits have rolled."

- Sunday Independent

"The film is affecting in its sure understanding of emotions."

- Sunday Times

Movie Information

Release date

Wednesday 3rd November


96 min




James Norton, Valene Kane, Eileen O'Higgins, Keith McErlean, Daniel Lamont


Uberto Pasolini


Film Festival



Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, Pentridge Cinema, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema, Palace Raine Square