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Tue 13 Nov 2012, 7:30pm–9:00pm

Where: Astor Theatre, 1 Chapel Street, St Kilda East, Victoria

Restrictions: 15+

Ticket Information:

  • Concession (presale): $19.50 ($17.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Concession (At door): $23.00 ($20.00 + $3.00 fees)
  • Adult (At door): $28.00 ($25.00 + $3.00 fees)
  • Adult (presale): $22.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: ozziebites

Bathing Franky tells the story of a young man, Steve (Shaun Goss) dealing with his troubled past and is captivated by the fanciful and surreal world of Rodney (Henri Szeps) a wildly, irrepressible older man and his aging yet compelling mother, Franky (Maria Venuti), who when not confined to her wheelchair, zips about on her modified ride-on lawn mower. The film examines how hope, forgiveness and imagination can be used as a means for dealing with the harsher aspects of life. Classified MA15+

Showcasing the debut feature film role of local Werribee actor Shaun Goss, in an outstanding, award winning performance in the Melbourne Premiere of the independent feature film Bathing Franky. In addition, screen and stage icons Henri Szeps (Mother & Son) and Maria Venuti (Fat Pizza) will compel, delight and surprise audiences with their onscreen performances. First time filmmakers, Owen Elliot (director/producer) and Michael Winchester (writer/producer) will host a special post screening Q&A forum with Maria Venuti, Shaun Goss and Bree Desborough (Home and Away).

Bathing Franky was written and co-produced by Victorian College of the Arts graduate and actor turned organic beef farmer Michael Winchester (Prisoner, Sons & Daughters) who based the film on a monologue he wrote as an audition piece. Michael showed it to multi award winning short-film maker and corporate film director/editor, Owen Elliott, who quickly jumped on board as director/co-producer. The film was shot in 4 weeks on a shoestring budget in 2009 in the picturesque Hunter Valley, NSW after taking nearly 10 years to write. “The film received incredible support from the cast, crew and local community: including my bee keeper neighbour who lives in an old house in the middle of a paddock (outside dunny) and let us film the glamorous showbiz icon, Maria Venuti in his antique clawed-foot bath," Winchester said. The film premiered in Sydney in May 2012 and is enjoying a staggered national release in select cinemas around the country.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the audience response to the issues in the film around caring for the elderly in the home and in particular from the professional and volunteer community aged care sector” - Winchester

“By turns hilariously funny, genuinely moving and even at times chillingly cold . . . it pulls few punches as it handles issues seldom considered in bigger budget Australian films” - Rochford Street Review

Winner of Best Actor (Shaun Goss) and Best Supporting Actor (Maria Venuti) at the 2012 Indie Gems Film Festival.

For more information and to view a short one minute trailer visit the official website above.