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Vacant Possession

Directed by Margot Nash
Australia, 1995


Following the death of her mother Tessa, a young woman, returns after many years to the weather-beaten family home on the shores of Sydney’s Botany Bay. But the old family home begins to bring old wounds more and more to life.

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Vacant Possession Directed by Margot Nash

Critics reviews

There are moments in Vacant Possession (1994) when the past becomes a material presence. Writer/director Margot Nash’s ambitious ‘state of the nation’ film probes Australia’s shifting cultural landscape, and lays the textures of history over the uncertain outline of the present… This is a fascinating companion piece to her autobiographical documentary The Silences (Margot Nash, 2016); the two films are richly intertextual in their exploration of her own difficult childhood.
March 19, 2016
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It’s clear that, at a certain point, Nash felt a need to deeply explore the fraught father-daughter relationship: fraught with its own potential transgressions involving sex and violence, and charged by the very thrill of these subterranean desires and possibilities. Frank (Stanton is great in the role) starts off as shifty, scary, near-psychotic figure. But he quickly metamorphoses from a simple, symbol of monstrous patriarchy into a compelling, fascinating individual.
June 01, 1995
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