Trisha Morton-Thomas, Deborah Mailman and Rachael Maza ride in a car in 'Radiance' (1998)
Radiance (1998) AndyInc.

ACMI presents


with special guests Rachel Perkins & Lydia Miller

Rachel Perkins | Australia | 1998 | M

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Tue 1 Mar 2022

Join Rachel Perkins, Lydia Miller and our host Bryan Andy to discuss this touching and humorous story of estranged sisters reuniting for their mother’s funeral.

When eldest sister Cressy (Rachael Maza), middle daughter Mae (Trisha Morton-Thomas) and the young Nona (Deborah Mailman in her AFI-winning debut) are reunited for the first time in years it doesn’t take long for the sparks to fly. Painful memories and secrets are revealed and put into a life-changing perspective in one unforgettable night.

Radiance marked Rachel Perkins’ debut as a film director. Based on a Louis Nowra play, Radiance went on to win a series of major awards including Best Actress for Deborah Mailman (AFI AACTA Awards, 1998) and Best Feature Film at the 1998 Sydney Film Festival and the 1999 Creteil Film Des Femmes Festival. Radiance is beautifully shot by Warwick Thornton (Sweet CountrySamson & DelilahWe Don’t Need A Map).

About our guests

Rachel Perkins is an Australian film and TV director, producer and screenwriter. She’s known for her films Radiance (1998), One Night the Moon (2001), Bran Nue Dae (2009) and Jasper Jones (2017) and co-director of landmark TV series First Australians. She also features in Spotlights, in the Moving Australia section of The Story of the Moving Image.

Lydia Miller is an actor, performer and artistic director, Kuku Yalanji woman and former executive director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts at the Australia Council.

We spent a long time on the casting process to make sure we selected three women who would not only perform well, but perform well together. That was very important because this is very much an ensemble piece and they needed to relate well together. Rachael, Deborah and Trisha were just wonderful. I found the quality of their performances very exhilarating and very moving.

Rachel Perkins

Event duration

60 mins



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