Fistful of Flies


Time Out says

Here's the angle, in the words of the heroine's mother: 'Men are all like toilets: all engaged, all pissed-off or all full of shit!' Sixteen-year-old refusenik Mars (Walton) finds growing up is hard to do in the repressive, racist, hypocritical, male-dominated Italian-Australian Catholic community she has the privilege to live in. This is daughter-of-Jane-Campion stuff, an off-kilter, suburban surrealist drama, shot in primary colours, with its broad satirical swipes accompanied with droll social observation, brutal episodes of domestic cruelty and an ending of male-vanquishing wish-fulfilment. The performances are in the farce-meets-realist tradition of Sweetie, with Walton giving an especially brave one as the Girl on the Road to Empowerment. Great fun, and all power to the sisters.


Release details

85 mins

Cast and crew

Monica Pellizzari
Monica Pellizzari
Dina Panozzo
Tasma Walton
John Lucantonio
Anna Volska
Maria Venuti
Rachael Maza
Giordano Gangl
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