Radha Mitchell stars in this humid, atmospheric drama that explores the relationship between a troubled opera singer and her adult stepson, set deep in the Queensland rainforest.
Dir Ben Hackworth
Prod Lizzette Atkins, Raphael Cocks
Scr Ben Hackworth, Bille Brown
With Radha Mitchell, Thomas Cocquerel, Odessa Young
Marking a return to intimate, character-driven storytelling for High Art star Radha Mitchell, Australian writer-director Ben Hackworth’s second feature unfolds amid the ruins of a real-life gothic estate, decaying deep in the rainforests of northern Queensland. Mitchell plays prematurely retired opera singer Celeste, who gave up a celebrated career to live privately with the man she loved. Ten years after his tragic death, she’s decided to perform for one final time in the grounds of her crumbling home, but requires a favour from estranged stepson Jack (a brooding Thomas Cocquerel). Charismatic yet troubled, Jack’s presence prompts the unravelling of a complex web of family secrets. Celeste is an assured, slow-burn psychological drama, its heady mood heightened by a breathtaking backdrop.