september, 2019

201927sep10:30 pmThis PlaceMichelle Joy | AUS | 2018 | Documentary | 10 min | English | European Premiere10:30 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:DocumentaryPremiere Status:European

Film Info

An outsider travels to Slab City, also known as the last free place in America, and finds hope in an unexpected place, where everyone and everything has a second chance.

Slab City is known to be the last free place in America. When an outsider travels from LA travels to Slab City, moving through the place and listening to people’s stories, she starts to see another side of Slab City, one that that is quite different from what she expected. While the darkness is definitely there, there is also great light. Many people she speaks to have found solace in this place, and have blossomed into ‘beautiful songbirds’. They have left behind the expectations of regular society and found a place which allows for an authenticity and expression of self. She travels back to the city behind a large reflective truck, the shiny object leading her back out of the rabbit hole, or perhaps deeper into it.

Part of the short film program “Aussie Shorts – Take 1 on Friday, 27 September 2019, at 10:30pm. 


Director Michelle Joy’s feature film Sunday  was shown at Down Under Berlin in 2015.


Festivals & Awards

St Kilda Film Festival

Film Stills & Trailer