september, 2019

201928sep8:00 pmSleepwalkingMelissa Anastasi | AUS | 2018 | Drama | 20 min | English | European Premiere8:00 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:DramaPremiere Status:European

Film Info

On an isolated property, a teenage boy must help his mother escape his fanatical stepfather, testing his loyalties and ideas about the outside world.

Phoenix, 12, lives on an isolated property with his sleepwalking mother, and overbearing religious stepfather, who is intent on moulding him in his image. Phoenix’s loyalties are torn when he and his mother try to break free of the control his stepfather has over their lives. Sleepwalking explores the impact of toxic masculinity within a family.

Part of the short film program “Aussie Shorts – Take 2“ on Saturday, 28 September 2019, at 8:00pm. 


Director Melissa Anastasi was awarded an Australian Director’s Guild Award for her direction of the film By this River, and nominated a second time for her short film This Feral Life. She is the recipient of a Creative Fellowship from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), which she used to make Sleepwalking. Anastasi is a Graduate of AFTRS, where she was awarded the Kenneth B Myer Award for Exceptional Talent, and the European Union Film Award. She studied screenwriting through the UCLA Professional Program, where she was nominated for the Nate Wilson Elliot Joie de Vivre Award with her feature script Soft Rain, selected for the last Binger Script Lab. Currently, she is developing a number of film projects, including the feature films Bluebirds through the Screen Australia Hot Shots Program.

Cast: Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Stephanie King, Ned Morgan


Festivals & Awards

St Kilda Film Festival

Flickerfest – Best Original Score