World Premiere (In Competition)
In a story full of drama, wit, beauty and eroticism, a sex worker known as M (Natalie Eleftheriadis) quietly reflects on her rather un-extraordinary 25th birthday. Instead of celebrating, she spends her day answering the silent prayers of Father Phillip (Travis McMahon), who has lost his faith, and Joey (Richard Wilson), a young man forgotten by the world who has never learned to love or even how to kiss. For the vivacious Lily (Kestie Morassi), and troubled Cindy (Ra Chapman), it’s business as usual at Scarlet’s (Chantal Contouri), but M has her own silent prayer, her own secret birthday wish, and today she might just discover that even the smallest, most unexpected wish can come true. This film about lost love, first times, humanity and the discovery of intimacy in surprising places promises to take you on a journey of losing your way, finding hope and receiving the gift anyone who’s ever had a birthday deserves.
The filmmaker is scheduled to attend the screenings.
Director and Writer: James Harkness
Duration: 104 minutes