Women’s talent surfaces in ‘Undertow’

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Laura Gordon stars ‘in Undertow’

A NEW Australian feature which celebrates women’s talent is about to be  released nationally in time for International Women’s Day, but Canberrans will get a sneak preview this weekend.

“Undertow,” written and directed by Miranda Nation, is billed as a “female-driven story created by a proudly female-strong crew” that including the executive producers, Liz Watts, Sheila Jayadev and Prue Williams, along with an all-female camera crew led by director of photography Bonnie Elliott, production designer Penelope Southgate and costume designer, Stacey O’Connor.

Olivia DeJonge, and Josh Helman.

Shot in the Geelong and Surf Coast region where the director grew up, it stars Olivia DeJonge, Laura Gordon, Rob Collins and Josh Helman.

Nation says, “It’s a thrilling time to be a female filmmaker, to create and tell stories with strong, complex characters, and take these stories to the world.”

The film tells the story of two women whose lives become dangerously enmeshed. Grieving the loss of her stillborn baby, Claire becomes suspicious of her husband’s relationship with a young woman, Angie, but when she discovers Angie is pregnant, Claire develops an increasingly irrational and dangerous obsession with her.

“Undertow” screens at Dendy Canberra tomorrow, 7pm, Saturday, February 29, and is followed by a Q&A with writer and director Miranda Nation and Laura Gordon. The film opens for general release on March 5. 

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