An irreverent look at a women’s basketball team, the underdog “Lady Gorillas”, who play a win-or-die match and in so doing attack their personal demons.
CREW & CAST : Director - FIONA COCHRANE Producers - FIONA COCHRANE & LOUISE HUBBARD Writer - DIANNE DEMPSEY Cinematographer - MARTIN McGRATH Production Designer - MARGARET EASTGATE Editor - DENISE HARATZIS Sound - CHRIS IZZARD & DAVID HARRISON Music - ZYDECO JUMP Cast (ensemble)-MERRIDY EASTMAN, LEVERNE McDONNELL, SHANTI GUDGEON, DENIS MOORE, SHARI GATES, DIANA TAUTEKA, HELEN MUTKINS, MIKE BISHOP.
Funded by the Independent Film-makers Fund of Film Victoria.
BEST OF SHOW in Short Film at 1998 CINDY Awards (USA); GOLD CINDY in Short Film at 1998 CINDY Awards (USA); SILVER Award for Short Narrative at 1997 WorldFest-Charleston (USA); Honourable Mention 1997 Chris Awards/Columbus International Film Festival (USA); Honourable Mention 1998 Rochester International Film Festival (USA); Certificate of Merit at 1998 Mumbai International Film Festival (India); Special Commendation at 1998 Canadian International Film & Video Festival; Highly Commended at 1997 Dendy Awards / Sydney Film Festival (Aust.); Nominated at 1997 Exposure International Short Film Festival (Australia) for Best Film; Achievement in Directing; Achievement in Script Writing; Achievement in Editing; Achievement in Acting: Female in a Drama; Achievement in Acting: Male in a Drama.
SCREENINGS INTERNATIONALLY: 1997 Boston Film Festival (USA), 1997 Antalya Golden Orange International Short Film Festival (Turkey), 1997 Siena International Short Film Festival (Italy), 1998 Festival Internazionale Cinema Delle Donne (Italy), 1998 Women in the Director’s Chair Film F estival, Chicago (USA), 1998 San Diego International Film Festival (USA), 1998 Minimalen Short Film Festival (Norway), 1998 Palm Beach International Film Festival (USA), 1998 Humboldt International Film Festival (USA), The Reel Frontier - 1998 Arizona International Film Festival (USA), 1998 International Film Festival of Uruguay, 1998 Corto Imola International Short Film Festival (Italy), 1998 Central Florida Film & Video Festival (USA), 1998 Femmedia Film & Video Festival (Sweden), 1999 St John’s International Women’s Film & Video Festival (Canada) & Kinofilm ‘99, Manchester International Short Film Festival (UK).
SCREENINGS IN AUSTRALIA: 1997 St Kilda Film Festival, 1997 Exposure International Film Festival, 1997 Bathurst Film Festival, 1997 Open City Film Festival, 1997 WOW (Women On Women) Festival (touring), The 1997 Women’s Push (Bendigo Arts Festival), The Showtime shorts selection at 1997 SPAA Conference, 1998 WAVE Festival, Flickerfest ‘98, 1998 Edge of the World Film Festival, 1998 “Movies by Moonlight” Canberra Festival, 1999 REVelation Independent Film Festival (touring), & as part of touring AFI theatrical shorts program - “Kiss Kiss Boom Boom”.
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The Lady Gorillas are a basketball team, but they aren’t exactly ladies. They’re a bunch of women who talk and play rough because that’s how life has treated them. And now their team may have to disband because they keep losing and their sponsors aren’t happy. This game against The Sharks is the team’s last chance.
Judy is the captain. She’s a teacher with a drinking problem. Lucy, her student, is a young Koori and their best player. Margie is scared of everything thanks to an abusive husband who delights in humiliating her. Hester is the team’s “mother”, a worldly-wise Maori with a quick temper. She has just regained custody of her daughter and wants to win to impress her. She also resents having to squeeze her ample bottom into the tiny shorts someone has decreed the uniform. She offers good advice to Brook, a rock band groupie whose two-timing boyfriend uses her when it suits him. Then there’s Graham, their coach. He needs lessons in leadership.
Can this diverse group work together to beat the unscrupulous Sharks? This funny, touching and untimately uplifting film mirrors our human frailties and shows we can all change for the better.