Australia (MIFF 2022)
Director: Jub Clerc
Producer: Liz Kearney
Executive Producer: Robert Connolly
MIFF Accelerator Lab alumna Jub Clerc‘s MIFF Premiere Fund-supported SWEET AS world premiered in 2022’s MIFF Headliners and won MIFF Awards‘ inaugural BlackMagic $70,000 Innovation Prize, with the Jury Statement noting: “This film was more than just ‘sweet’. It crossed worlds and intersected certain realities – incredibly difficult to achieve, even for any accomplished filmmaker.”
The Breakfast Club meets the outback in this uplifting coming-of-age road movie – the feature debut of Nyul Nyul / Yawuru director Jub Clerc (The Turning, MIFF Premiere Fund 2013; TV’s The Heights), who is the first Western Australian Indigenous filmmaker to write and direct a feature film.
With problems on the home front, 15-year-old Murra is on the verge of lashing out. That is, until her policeman uncle thwarts her self-destructive behaviour with a lifeline: a “photo-safari for at-risk kids”. Murra isn’t entirely convinced, but she soon joins cantankerous Kylie, uptight Sean, happy-go-lucky Elvis, and camp counsellors Fernando and Michelle on a transformative bus trip to the Pilbara. On the trail, the teens learn about fun, friendship and first crushes, as well as the forces of ‘reality’ that puncture the bubble of youth.
Starring Aboriginal luminaries Tasma Walton (Mystery Road, Cleverman) and Mark Coles Smith (Last Cab to Darwin; Pawno, MIFF 2015), Chilean-Cuban-Australian actor Carlos Sanson Jr (Bump), and a magnetic Shantae Barnes-Cowan (Total Control, Firebite) in the lead, Accelerator Lab alumna Clerc’s MIFF Premiere Fund–supported feature debut is an effervescent story of growth, acceptance and the journey towards finding oneself. With postcard-perfect shots of remote Western Australia and a road-trip-worthy soundtrack of all-Indigenous artists, Sweet As is sure to take you along for its thrillingly cinematic, life-affirming ride.