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Directed by Sean Price Williams

2023 | 104 min | United States | UNCL 15+


2023 Cannes Film Festival

2023 Deauville Film Festival

Winner: Prix Foundation Louis Renderer de la Revelation

2023 Deauville Film Festival

Winner: Jury Prize

2023 Bucharest International Film Festival

Winner: Best Script

2023 BFI London Film Festival​

2023 Melbourne International Film Festival

2023 Valladolid International Film Festival

2023 Thessaloniki Film Festival

2023 Sao Paulo International Film Festival

The stunning directorial debut of veteran indie cinematographer Sean Price Williams (GOOD TIME, HER SMELL, TESLA, MARJORIE PRIME) from first time scripter Nick Pinkerton, THE SWEET EAST is a picaresque, highly provocative journey through the cities and woods of the Eastern seaboard of the United States undertaken by Lillian (star-in-the-making Talia Ryder), a high school senior from South Carolina who gets her first glimpse of the wider world on a class trip to Washington, D.C.

Separated from her schoolmates, Lillian embarks on a fractured fairy tale travelogue into America, where she crosses paths with the strange factions – from anarchists and Muslims to pretentious creatives and seductive white supremacists – that cut swathes through the uncertain fabric of modern American life.

While the lissom, enchanting Talia Ryder dominates, the hypnotic THE SWEET EAST also provides an ample showcase for heartthrob-du-jour Jacob Elordi (SALTBURN, PRISCILLA), rising star Earl (son of Nick) Cave, and magnetic scene stealer Simon Rex from RED ROCKET. 

“This shape-shifting satire about modern American subcultures is a curious, and occasionally delightful, object if you can handle its flippant treatment of taboos.” –– Beatrice Loayza | The NY TIMES

  • Apr 18, 2024, 9:00 PM – 10:50 PM
    Dendy Newtown, 261-263 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
    Directed by Sean Price Williams 2023 | 104 min + Q&A | United States | UNCL 15+


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