A person's solemn face is close to the camera, behind them is a circle of chairs with yellow taped marks on the floor. Some chairs are occupied by people.
A person's solemn face is close to the camera, behind them is a circle of chairs with yellow taped marks on the floor. Some chairs are occupied by people.
Shadow (2022) Back to Back Pictures

ACMI presents

Shadow + filmmaker Q&A

Featuring key filmmakers in conversation with Carly Findlay OAM

Bruce Gladwin | Australia | 2022 | Unclassified (15+)

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Thu 17 Nov 2022

Join us in the cinema to watch Back to Back Theatre's award-winning film Shadow and meet the filmmakers.

At once funny, sad, and confronting, 'Shadow' is anchored by three incredible performances.

Film Inquiry

A trio of activists with intellectual disabilities hold a town hall meeting about the future impacts of artificial intelligence. Simon, a self-professed saviour for the community, quickly appoints himself the mayor, and Scott reluctantly steps into the role of facilitator, but soon becomes enamoured with his own power. Sarah, overlooked and underestimated by her counterparts, explodes, confronting the self-appointed leaders on their inadequacies. As the meeting unravels, they discover the greatest threat to their future is already in the room.

Curator's Note

Australia’s internationally acclaimed Back to Back Theatre, a professional theatre company with an ensemble of actors with disabilities at its core, have adapted their own darkly humourous 2019 stage play The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes.

Created over two and a half years through conversation and improvisation, the performers are also the co-authors, and the majority of people on screen and in the crew are people with disabilities. The narrative thematic and the film’s philosophical approach to the process of creation are intrinsically linked - this is community filmmaking.

Shadow premiered at SXSW in early 2022, where it was awarded the SXSW Visions Audience Award.

Stick around after the screening to hear directly from cinematographer/editor Rhian Hinkley, co-author/cast member Sarah Mainwaring and crew member Liam White, in a conversation hosted by award winning writer, speaker and appearance activist Carly Findlay OAM.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Back to Back Pictures
Courtesy: Back to Back Pictures
Runtime: 56 min

Event duration

56 mins


Unclassified (15+)

Viewers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


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