Relic

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    Relic

    Directed by

    Australia, USA

    2020

    90 min

    • English

    Horror

    When Edna, the elderly and widowed matriarch of the family, goes missing, her daughter Kay and granddaughter Sam travel to their remote family home to find her. Soon after Edna’s return, and as her behaviour turns increasingly volatile, both women begin to sense that an insidious presence in the house might be taking control of her.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Robyn Nevin
    Emily Mortimer
    Bella Heathcote
    Screenplay
    Natalie Erika James
    Christian White
    Cinematography
    Charlie Sarroff
    Editing
    Denise Haratzis
    Sean Lahiff
    Sales
    FILM CONSTELLATION
    Production
    CARVER FILMS
    Production
    NINE STORIES
    Production
    AGBO

    Press

    Natalie Erika James' striking, somber, strange horror debut follows three generations of women being drawn into the grandmother's dementia.

    Variety

    Natalie Erika James

    Natalie Erika James

    Australia

    Fear is pretty primal. Horror allows you to capture the essence of a topic, an experience, an emotional truth as opposed to exploring it in, say, cinema verité where you try and capture the truth as is.

    Natalie Erika James is a Japanese-Australian writer, director, and producer based in Melbourne, Australia. Her short, CRESWICK (2016) premiered at the Melbourne IFF, and won the 2017 AWGIE Award for Best Short Form screenplay by the Australian Writer’s Guild. Her debut feature RELIC (2020) premiered at Sundance FF and was nominated for an AWGIE award for Best Feature Film at the 2019 Australian Writers Guild Awards. Natalie is currently developing DRUM WAVE, a Japanese folk horror with development support from Screen Australia and Film Victoria. Drum Wave was one of 14 projects selected for the project market at the International Film Festival & Awards Macao, and won the Best Co-Production prize. Her proof-of-concept short for DRUM WAVE (2018) was nominated for Best Australian Short Film at the Sydney FF and premiered internationally at Fantastic Fest. Natalie is also signed to WME and directs commercials and music videos through Melbourne production company, Fiction.

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