Pulse is the ambitious debut of the talented Daniel Monks, who writes and stars in this body swap drama blending sci-fi with sexual teen angst and identity crisis.

Olly is a gay teen with disability who discovers that his two straight best friends are dating each other. Frustrated by his body, he chooses to undertake a pioneering medical procedure: a transplant that puts his mind into the body of a beautiful young able-bodied woman. When his friends see through the beautiful, blonde façade to the troubled boy within, Olly discovers having the perfect body doesn’t fix unrequited love or a broken home. Self-destructive and at risk of losing all that is good in his life, Olly must decide whether his beautiful new identity is worth it.

With its understated sci-fi underpinnings, Pulse is a highly sexed-up modern parable on what it is to be young, with disability and queer on the verge of adulthood. 

Festival guest: Stevie Cruz-Martin and Daniel Monks

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

A limited supply of audio description headsets are available and can be booked along with your film ticket below or by 1300 733 733, email tickets@sff.org.au. Please pick up your FM headset at the SFF Dendy Newtown box office.

For more information about Access at Sydney Film Festival please vist our Access and Inclusion page here.

The Tuesday 14 June session will not be audio described.

Accessible wheelchair spaces for both sessions have unfortunately sold out.

Screens with: Drumming is Like Thunder
Auslan InterpretedOpen CaptionedWheelchair Access
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Stevie Cruz-Martin


84 mins




Daniel Monks

Daniel Monks, Stevie Cruz-Martin, Gemma Hall

Daniel Monks, Caroline Brazier, Scott Lee