Friends and Strangers (2021)

  • New Directors/New Films
  • 1h 24m
  • Australia
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The callow fumbling of wayward young people seeking romantic and professional satisfaction remains an ever-present theme of international cinema, yet Australian director James Vaughan has found entirely new, poignant, and hilarious ways to reveal his characters’ charms and deficits, privileges and blind spots. The story pivots on the failed attempts of freelance videographer Ray (Fergus Wilson) to woo the disinterested Alice (Emma Diaz) during an impromptu camping trip, and the fallout back in Sydney. Vaughan’s ear for the casual cut-down and the solipsism of youth is matched by his refreshing affinity for structural surprise, climaxing in an extended, hilarious sequence at the home of a wealthy client of Ray’s that gently pushes the boundaries of comic realism.


James Vaughan



Bonus Content

New Directors/New Films 2021 Trailer
Friends and Strangers Q&A

A conversation with James Vaughan moderated by NDNF co-chair and FLC programmer Florence Almozini.

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