The Year My Voice Broke

A rural NSW love triangle infused with teenage angst, as Noah Taylor and Ben Mendelsohn battle for the affections of a beautiful girl. Rediscover this 30th anniversary restoration.

Co-produced by George Miller (Mad Max), The Year My Voice Broke sparks with the joys and anxieties of being on the verge of adulthood. Danny (Taylor) is an awkward teenager with a near-obsessive crush on the beautiful Freya (Loene Carmen). His plans for seduction are abruptly halted by the arrival of an older rugby star, Trev (Mendelsohn in an AFI Award-winning role). Danny's unreciprocated love, Trev's rebelliousness and Freya's family secrets soon send all three on a course for destruction. Set against the picturesque Braidwood in country NSW, director John Duigan (Flirting, Sirens) took inspiration from his own childhood. This intrinsically Australian classic won five AFI Awards including Best Film of 1987.

Winner of Best Film, Best Direction, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor in a Supporting Roll at the 1987 Australian Film Institute Awards.

A film to restore one's faith in films about the transition from adolescence to adulthood. – Time Out London

Festival guests: John Duigan

Wheelchair Access

John Duigan


103 mins




John Duigan

Terry Hayes, George Miller, Doug Mitchell

Geoff Burton

Neil Thumpston

Noah Taylor, Ben Mendelsohn, Loene Carmen

Retrospective/Restoration, Festival Award Winners