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Tessa returns to her childhood home - a house haunted by emotional memories. But how to return home after all those years away? What's home after all? A house? A place? A family? Set on the shores of Botany Bay close to where Captain Cook landed, VACANT POSSESSION tells a story of two families - one black, one white - both living in the shadow of the past. Weaving dream, memory and fantasy, it is the story of conflict and the complexities of reconciliation.

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Margot Nash
Margot Nash
John Winter
Dir. of Photography
Dion Beebe
Alistair Jones
Veronika Jenet
Production Designer
Michael Phillips


Pamela Rabe - John Stanton - Toni Scanlon - Linden Wilkinson - Rita Bruce - Olivia Patten

Production Details

Production Completion
Production Company
Wintertime Films Pty Ltd


International Sales
Wintertime Films Pty Ltd

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • Kino Xenix Screenings
  • Women's Film Festival - Torino
  • Femme Totale - Dortmund
  • Cinema Tout Ecran Film Festival
  • Strictly Oz - A History of Australian Film - UCLA
  • SIFF'S Women In Cinema Festival
  • Portland International Film Festival
  • Oz: Adventures in Australian Filmmaking
  • Oldenberg Film Festival
  • New Delhi International Film Festival
  • Korean Motion Picture Promotion Corp
  • International Film Forum 'ARSENAL'
  • Hawaii International Film Festival
  • Chicago International Film Festival
  • Asia Pacific Film Festival