Cate Shortland’s feature length debut
Somersault was a revelation in Australian cinema. Not only did the
emotionally beguiling and subtlely evocative coming-of-age drama help
launch the careers of stars Sam Worthington and Abbie Cornish, it took
home no less than 13 gongs at the 2004 Australian Film Industry Awards
and proved that Shortland, then a feted short film director, could turn
her hand equally as effectively to full length projects.
Shortland’s 2012 follow up Lore has
also been enthusiastically received, taking home Best Film awards at the
Stockholm and Locarno International Film Festivals and garnering some
superb reviews in the process. Set in the closing weeks of World War
II, the film follows the fate of five German children left to fend for
themselves after their parents, an SS officer and his stanchly National
Socialist wife, are interred by the soon-to-be-victorious Allies.
Forced to traipse across their ruined
country to an aunt and uncle in Hamburg, the children, led by
14-year-old Lore (stunning newcomer Saskia Rosendahl), are forced to
endure the tripartite shock of simultaneously losing a war, their
parents and the safe haven of their middle class Nazified existence.
Buoyed by lush yet understated visuals,
some impeccable performances and a stirring score from British composer
Max Richter, Lore is yet another poetic and compelling cinema
experience from one of Australia’s premier filmmaking talents.
The Making Of Lore (16 mins)