Congratulations Films (Olivia Shanks, Judah Finnigan)
Elizabeth Winders, TJ Snow, Richard Crouchley, Danielle Meldrum, Rasmus Wessman, Lydia Bensky, Zechariah Julius-Donnelly, Gabe McDonnell, Tina Cleary, Richard Chapman, Claire Waldron, Leah Jeffries, Grant Beban
Gabriela Rocha, Sheena Stanger
Chris Ward, Lachlan Crane
Seven young adults arrive at a rundown conference facility to participate in an unconventional new group workshop. The subject: learning how to stand up to their parents. Run by a domineering amateur psychologist named Jo Pressburger, the participants undergo a series of increasingly bizarre exercises, designed to empower them in challenging the authority figures around them. But when Jo pushes her teaching a step too far, the group are forced to put their new-found liberation to the test.
This is an attempt to capture what my years in psychotherapy felt like. I was finally tapping into the rage I felt toward my parents, figuring out who I wanted to be... but then feeling hysterical, childish and silly as I tried to express it. We like to think of self-actualisation as empowering. Workshop is about how messy it can prove to be.
PRODUCTION: Olivia Shanks,Judah Finnigan - Congratulations Films
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