Warburton Film Festival 2024


Welcome to the Warburton Film Festival for 2024. We extend a warm greeting to all, whether you are joining us for the first time or returning.

We have chosen eight films to feature over the weekend, with special attention being paid to balancing genres. Countries of origin include Australia, Belgium, UK, Italy, France, and Bhutan. Drama, comedy, and suspense are all there, and for our documentary, The Last Daughter on opening night, we will be joined by the director and subject of the film, Brenda Matthews.

Once again, the best entries from our Show Us Your Shorts competition will be screened before feature films. The competition prize winners of these high-quality shorts will be presented on the Sunday.


Films and Events

The Lost Daughter

Brenda’s first memories were of growing up in a loving white foster family, before she was suddenly taken away and returned to her Aboriginal family. Decades later, she feels disconnected from both halves of her life. But the traumas of her past do not lie quietly buried, so she goes searching for the foster family with whom she had lost all contact. Long-buried secrets, government lies, and the possibility for deeper connections to family and culture are discovered along the way. This award-winning documentary is directed by Brenda Matthews and Nathaniel Schmidt.

Brenda will be signing copies of her book on the night, with the kind cooperation of Verso Books.
For more information see:

Winner: Santa Barbara International Film Festival –
Best Feature Documentary
Winner: Gold Coast Film Festival 2023 – Best
Australian Film

Special Guest: Director Brenda Matthews
Friday 14 June - 7.30pm
Australia 2022 | Documentary 90 min I PG



A young Iranian mother (Zar Amir Ebrahami) and her six-year-old daughter find refuge in an Australian women’s shelter during the two weeks of Iranian New Year (Nowruz), which is celebrated as a time of renewal and rebirth. Aided by the strong community of women at the refuge they seek their freedom in this new world of possibilities, only to find themselves facing the violence they tried so hard to escape.

Directed by Noora Niasari.

Winner – CinefestOz Film Prize 2023

Saturday 15 June - 10.00am
Australia 2023 | Drama I 118 min I M


lo Capitano

A poignant film following Seydou and Moussa (Seydou Sarr and Moustapha Fall), two Senegalese cousins, on their harrowing journey from Dakar to Italy. Facing the brutal Sahara, deceitful traffickers, and the perilous sea, they cling to dreams of a better life. This odyssey explores the migrant experience with a blend of realism and magical elements.

Directed by Matteo Garrone.

Winner: 2024 AAFCA Award for Best International Film

Saturday 15 June - 1.30pm
Belgium, Italy, France I 2022 Drama I 121m I MA


Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

In this delightful film from Bhutan, Ugyen (Sherab Dorji), a reluctant teacher, is sent to a remote Himalayan village. Initially disheartened, he stays and teaches, forming a bond with the children and learning from the amazing spiritual strength of the villagers. The film explores themes of compassion, sacrifice, and the transformative power of education.

Directed by
Pawo Choyning Dorji.

Academy Awards 2022 – nominated for Best
International Feature Film

Saturday 15 June - 4.00pm
Bhutan 2019 I Drama/family I 109m I PG


La Chimera

This film by Alice Rohrwacher follows Arthur (Josh O’Connor),an English archaeologist in 1980s Italy, who, haunted by lost love, joins tomb raiders to unearth Etruscan treasures. La Chimera blends romance, drama, and comedy, reflecting on Italy’s historical richness and the allure of the past. Winner: 2023 Chicago International Film Festival –Best Ensemble Cast Performance

Saturday 15 June - 8.30pm
Italy/Switzerland/France I 2023 I Adventure/Comedy I Fantasy I 133m I M



A tense thriller that follows the anti-terrorism agents in a frantic five-day manhunt after the 2015 Paris attacks, capturing the high-stakes urgency and emotional toll of their mission. Jean Dujardin plays Fred, the leader of this specially formulated unit of agents.

Directed by Cédric Jimenez.

2023 Cesar Awards, France – nominated for best director

Sunday 16 June - 10am
France 2022 I Crime/drama/thriller I 107m I M



When Nora (Maya Vanderbeque) witnesses Abel (Günter Duret)being bullied by other children, she rushes to protect him, but Abel forces her to remain silent. Caught in a conflict of loyalty, Nora tries to find her place, torn between children’s and adult’s worlds amongst the complex dynamics of childhood aggression and victimhood.

Directed by Laura Wandel.

Winner: 2021 Amiens International Film Festival – Prix du Jury Jeune Best Film.

Sunday 16 June - 1.00pm
Belgium 2021 I Drama 82m I M


Wicked Little Letters

Director Thea Sharrock sets us on a wild romp through a small seaside town in 1920sEngland that has been torn apart by obscene letters. As the correspondence begins to fill letterboxes, the town is ripped open, accusations fly, and Edith’s (Olivia Colman) neighbour Rose (Jessie Buckley) finds herself accused of the crime. Based on a true event known as the “Littlehampton Letters”

Sunday 16 June - 3.30pm
UK/France 2023 I Comedy/drama/crime I100m I MA


Festival Dinner

This year the dinner will be a spit roast at the Arts Centre Warburton from 6:15pm. Places are limited so early booking is advised and must be received no later than Wednesday June 1st.

Please advise of any dietary requirements when booking.

Saturday 15 June - 6.15pm





  • Friday, 14 June 2024 | 06:30 PM - Sunday, 16 June 2024 | 05:00 PM


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