Jacki Weaver film Lois to premiere at MIFF

A short film starring Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Jacki Weaver, and directed by Alexandra Schepisi will have its Australian premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Lois is about a woman who, after receiving a long-awaited letter, is driven to address unfinished business. It is produced by Rachel Higgins and shot by cinematographer Jeremy Rouse, with funding by Screen Australia.

The film also stars Greek actor Yannis Totsikas who was cast in Tony Krawitz’s Dead Europe, also to screen at MIFF.
Schepisi said: “I have always been a big fan of magic realism and love the creative depth it allows. It is the perfect medium to be able to explore the limitless capacity of love and the agony that it can cause. I wanted to create a film that stays ahead of the audience so that they might go on a journey with Lois, without knowing what is in the letter or where she is heading.

Weaver was nominated for both prestigious awards for her role as crime matriarch Janine ‘Smurf’ Cody in David Michod’s Animal Kingdom.

Lois was shot in both Australia and Greece.

The film has also seen international festival selection to Warsaw Film Festival and Palm Springs International ShortFest.

Schepisi, also an actor, is the daughter of veteran Australian director Fred Schepisi, who helmed Roxanne, Six Degrees of Separation and most recently The Eye of the Storm.


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