Archive of films Love Lust & Lies / Love Lust & Lies

2010, 87 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2010

This unique long-term project by renowned Australian filmmaker Gillian Armstrong superbly charts the apparently ordinary lives of three girls (and later women) from Adelaide, recording them from ages 14 to 47, and offering a singular look at Australian society from the mid-70s till today.


In 1976 renowned Australian filmmaker Gillian Armstrong met three 14-year-old friends, Kerry, Josie, and Diana, at a youth center in Adelaide. A portrait of their adolescence makes up the core of the film Smokes and Lollies, the first of five documentaries capturing the lives of the three ordinary working-class girls (and later women). With breaks of several years, the filmmaker regularly returned to her heroines, and in 1996, when each has an adult daughter, she released Not Fourteen Again, winning the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Documentary. Despite her original plan, in 2009 Armstrong decided to contact her heroines for the last time in order to find out to what extent they had fulfilled their dreams and desires, and whether they can be as honest with the camera and, above all, with themselves as they all once promised. This unique long-term documentary project superbly charts the seemingly ordinary lives of three women, offering a singular look at Australian society from the mid-70s till today.

About the director

Gillian Armstrong (b. 1950, Melbourne) graduated in scenography from Swinburne Technical College, and then was one of the first graduates of the Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS). She has made short films, music videos, documentaries, and feature dramas in Australia and the USA. Her filmography includes Oscar and Lucinda (1997) and Charlotte Gray (2001), both starring Cate Blanchett. Her feature debut My Brilliant Career (1979) took seven awards from the Australian Film Institute. The exceptionally successful Little Women (1994) picked up three Oscar nominations while The Last Days of Chez Nous (1992) competed at Berlinale. In 2006 Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst (2005) screened in the documentary competition at Karlovy Vary.


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About the film

International premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Screenplay: Gillian Armstrong
Dir. of Photography: Paul Costello
Music: Cezary Skubiszewski
Editor: Nicholas Beauman
Producer: Jenny Day, Gillian Armstrong
Production: Spirited Films
Contact: Spirited Films

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