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Winning over audiences at film festivals the world over, Ellie & Abbie (& Abbie’s Dead Aunt) is a heartfelt and hilarious queer teen rom-com from Sydney-based writer-director Monica Zanetti.
School captain Ellie (Sophie Hawkshaw) has a serious crush on her classmate Abbie (Zoe Terakes), and is angsting over inviting her to the Year 12 formal. When Ellie accidentally spills the beans to her mum (Marta Dusseldorp) and outs herself in the process, things start to get complicated, and a little bit spooky. Enter her deceased aunt Tara (Julia Billington), a lesbian activist from the ‘80s who returns from the dead to act as a kind of fairy godmother to Ellie, guiding her through the trials and tribulations of her first love.
"This disarming film...Distinguished by a skilfully written screenplay and by uniformly excellent performances"
- David Stratton
"Another promising debut from a new Australian filmmaker."
- Margaret Pomeranz
"A refreshing crowd-pleaser."
"Superbly written... beautifully acted, it is funny, it is heartfelt and it covers so many facets of queerness."
- The Guardian
"Refreshingly funny... deeply relatable"
Thursday 19th November
Rachel House, Sophie Hawkshaw, Zoe Terakes, Marta Dusseldorp
Palace Central, Palace Byron Bay, Palace James St, Palace Electric Cinema, Palace Raine Square