Wendy: Centrepiece Film (2020)

  • Feature
  • Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
  • 1h 51m
  • Directed by Benh Zeitlin
  • English
  • USA
  • Australian Premiere
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Please note that this film contains themes or material suitable for adults – it is not intended for younger viewers.

ONLY AVAILABLE TO WATCH: Saturday 15 August, 7pm AEST

Beasts of the Southern Wild (MIFF 2012) director Benh Zeitlin’s long-awaited follow-up retells the beloved tale of the boy who wouldn’t grow up, but from the perspective of his headstrong female friend.

In this reimagining of Peter Pan, Wendy hails from a rural town in the American South. One day, she catches a boy hopping onto a train and, lured by mystery and a chance to escape her monotonous life, she jumps aboard, her two brothers in tow. Soon enough, she meets Peter and his island of verdant foliage, forever-young mischief-makers and a glimmering, gigantic underwater creature called ‘Mother’.

Much like Beasts before it, Wendy gushes with a singular vision of fantasy – a feat accomplished through evocative, sun-kissed cinematography, an enchanting score, and a floaty, Terrence Malick–inspired imagistic style. Propelled by a spellbinding lead performance and a dynamic storyline at once environmentally charged and concerned with the conflict between innocence and ignorance, abandon and avoidance, this film will beguile you all the way to Neverland.

“Sublime and wondrous … Peter Pan has been done to death with varying levels of success, but Zeitlin’s adaptation overflows with imagination as it manages to deconstruct the myth while never losing its timeless energy.” – Collider

Presented by Abercrombie & Kent

Director

Benh Zeitlin

Producer

Josh Penn

Producer

Paul Mezey

Producer

Dan Janvey

Screenwriter

Benh Zeitlin

Screenwriter

Eliza Zeitlin

Cinematographer

Sturla Brandth Grøvlen

Composer

Dan Romer

Composer

Benh Zeitlin

Subtitles

English

Distributor: Madman Entertainment

Bonus Content

Presented by Abercrombie & Kent
25 mins
Post-screening Q&A (spoilers)

MIFF Ambassador Mirrah Foulkes speaks to the director of Wendy, Benh Zeitlin.

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