By This River
Winner of Best Direction in a Student Film at the 2014 Australian Director’s Guild Awards.
Based on the Christos Tsiolkas’ short story, Disco at the End of Communism, is this absorbing meditation on grief, ritual and mythology.
A grief-stricken young boy (Zac Ynfante) builds a raft in a touchingly innocent attempt to reunite with his deceased mother. He believes she now lives in the mythical Land of the Dead, which lies at the end of the river flowing alongside his family’s property.
Written by: Melissa Anastasi, Chris Squadrito
Produced by: Rachel Argall
Cast: Zac Ynfante, Callum McManis, Tony Poli, Lucia Mastrantone
About the Director:
A graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), Melissa Anastasi’s films have screened at festivals around the world. She is a recipient of the Kenneth B Myer Award for Exceptional Talent and the European Union Film Award.