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Vacant Possession

Synopsis

Following her mother’s death, a young woman returns to the old family home, a ramshackle, dilapidated cottage in a coastal town. The visit brings personal memories that still disturb her, and also brings her into contact with a neighbouring Aboriginal family with its own story of dislocation. Her father, too, returns: a former soldier still struggling with demons from his wartime trauma and unable to communicate with his family.

Vacant Possession is a haunting film about personal and public loss, about white ownership and Aboriginal dispossession, and about the difficulty of reconciliation, introspectively exploring the soul of individuals and the nation.

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Cast
Pamela Rabe
John Stanton
Toni Scanlon
Linden Wilkinson
Rita Bruce
Olivia Patten
Release dates
1994 - Australia
Rating
M - Mature
Distributor
Ronin Films
Soundtrack
Alistair Jones

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Korff, J 2020, Vacant Possession, <https://www.creativespirits.info/resources/movies/vacant-possession>, retrieved 22 October 2021

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