TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW premieres online
Even before Time’s Up became the call to arms for women around the world facing abuse, harassment and discrimination, two Australian filmmakers had joined forces in response to their personal experiences in the theatre, film and television industries.
TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW is a 24-minute dramatic short that is provocative, compelling and thoroughly relevant. It premieres on Vimeo Staff Picks and is also featured and reviewed on Short Of The Week.
Made in 2016, TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW had its World Premiere at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival where it was Highly Commended in the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films. That was followed by its International Premiere at the 2017 Telluride Film Festival, screening in the Filmmakers of Tomorrow program curated by leading directors Gregory Nava (Frida, El Norte) and Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), as one of only 16 short films selected from around the world.
TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW – the title is taken from one of the most famous speeches in Shakespeare’s play Macbeth – was produced in less than ten weeks after writer/director Sunday Emerson Gullifer, who had spent years working at some of Australia’s leading theatre companies, approached producer Alexandra George with an early draft of her script challenging perceptions of the supposedly privileged and glamorous lives of working actresses.
While she set the film in the milieu of a stage production, Gullifer was a student in the Master of Film and Television Directing course at Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne – one of only three women in a class of 12 – and so was equally aware of the injustices women were experiencing in the screen industry, which George was also too familiar with.
“I thought about the way men are so often elevated as geniuses, while women have to prove themselves over and over again,” says Gullifer. “There was a sense that we were doing something right, but also a sense that Sunday was hitting something very boldly in the zeitgeist, which also happened to be very true for her,” says George. “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow is a film that challenges the stories we tell and speaks to anyone who has ever had to walk away.”
Beautifully shot in black-and-white, with stunning performances from a caliber cast starring Matilda Ridgway (Cannes Palme d’Or nominee The Guests, Belvoir’s Jasper Jones, Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet), and dual Helpmann Award winner Mark Leonard Winter (Top Of The Lake: China Girl, Cleverman), the film boldly examines the representation of women in contemporary culture, the significance of the stories we tell, and the personal cost of making great art.
The cast also includes Charlotte Nicdao (Please Like Me, Get Krack!n), Amanda LaBonte (Essential Theatre) and Matt Boesenberg (Underbelly: Razor).
Following its Sydney and Telluride screenings, the film went on to win the award for Best Screenplay at the Munich International Festival of Film Schools and Best Performance in an Australian Short Film for Ridgway at the Flickerfest International Short Film Festival in January 2018. It has since screened at several other festivals around Australia ahead of its worldwide Vimeo release this month.
TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW is a complex drama set in the world of a professional theatre company, following Lizzie, a working theatre actor playing Lady Macduff in a bold and visceral production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. When the play’s internationally successful auteur director, Helmut, pushes the cast beyond their limits, Lizzie is thrown into a dark and unacceptable world of onstage violence and brutality, causing her to question a life of commitment and sacrifice to her calling. It is a compelling, unsettling and triumphant examination of what it means to be a woman in a world that celebrates male genius.
About Sunday Emerson Gullifer
Sunday Emerson Gullifer is an award-winning filmmaker and graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. Her latest short film, TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, had its world premiere at Sydney Film Festival in 2017 where it was Highly Commended in the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, and premiered internationally at Telluride Film Festival as one of just 16 short films selected from around the world. Sunday was recently awarded the Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship, presented by Sydney Film Festival. The $50,000 fellowship will fund production of her next short film, BROKEN LINE NORTH, and see the film premiere at Sydney Film Festival in 2019. Sunday’s work is internationally acclaimed, having won a slew of awards and two Australian Directors’ Guild Award nominations. Originally hailing from a background in theatre, she is drawn to bold stories told with heart.
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