My Name is Emily

On Ireland's misty coast, Emily (Evanna Lynch, Harry Potter series) is flung into foster care after her father is institutionalised. She prepares a daring escape.

Starting at a new school, Emily is labelled a loner and a freak by her classmates, but she catches the attention of shy Arden (George Webster). When her father (Michael Smiley; Kill List, SFF 2011; Madame, SFF 2017) forgets to send a card on her 16th birthday, Emily enlists Arden and his canary yellow hatchback to help break her father out of the psychiatric hospital. As they grow to depend on each other, Emily and Arden learn about life, love, loss and letting go.

Set in Ireland's misty coastal landscape, this sweetly beautiful debut feature is complemented by It's Not Yet Dark (screening at SFF 2017), detailing director Simon Fitzmaurice's work while immobilised by motor neurone disease.

The core ideas here are about making the most of the journey, as the destination may very well be a disappointment. But while this drama about fallen idols and crushed ideals progresses, there's an abundance of sober dialogue about the limitations and absurdities of conventional thinking. – Robert Bell, Toronto International Film Festival

[It] catches the unhinged passion of the teenage state, and ends as uncertainly as perhaps it should. – Paul Whitington, Irish Independent

Filmmaker guest: Simon Fitzmaurice 


This session is open captioned. If there is an introduction and Q&A this will be Auslan interperated.

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Screens with: The Milky Pop Kid
Audio DescriptionAuslan InterpretedOpen CaptionedWheelchair Access
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Simon Fitzmaurice


94 mins


Australian Premiere



Simon Fitzmaurice

Lesley McKimm, Kathryn Kennedy

Evanna Lynch, George Webster, Michael Smiley

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