Is This The Real World

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Screen Café

Is This The Real World

Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 04 July - 09 July 2016

Post-screening Q&A with writer/director Martin McKenna on 4 July

“Being a rebel, you can end up on your own.”

Is This The Real World is the independently-made first feature from Melbourne-based writer/director Martin McKenna. Featuring a smouldering performance by emerging star Sean Keenan (Puberty Blues, Glitch), Martin McKenna’s debut feature is a slow-burn journey into the mind of a 17 year-old, and a piercingly real portrait of a family on the edge.

Mark Blazey is a high school kid who’s going to stay young…even if it kills him. Growing up in an Australian coastal town, Mark locks into a relentless battle of wills with a controlling teacher, while his family is breaking apart, and first love is beating at his door.

Classification: MA15+
Distributor: Label Distribution

Dates & Times:
Monday 4 July 7pm (Includes Q&A)
Saturday 9 July 7pm


Sean Keenan
Greg Stone
Susie Porter
Charlotte Best
Julia Blake
Matt Colwell


Writer and Director
Martin Mckenna

Executive Producer
Deborah Barlow

Ellery Ryan

Ben Joss

Sound Design
Paul Pirola

Alison Telford

Robert Murray Jamieson

Production Company
Point Of View Films

San Francisco Independent Film Festival 2015
Ashland Film Festival, Oregon 2015 Honorable Mention
Sun Valley Film Festival, Idaho 2015 Honorable Mention
Myrtle Beach Film Festival, North Carolina 2015 Honorable Mention
St. Tropez Film Festival 2015 Best Film – Nominated
Madrid Film Festival 2015 Best Film – Nominated
Manchester Film Festival 2015 Best Soundtrack – Winner
Long Island International Film Expo, New York 2015 Best Feature Film – Nominated
Indonesian International Film Awards 2015 Gold Award for Best Film – Winner
Ulaanbaatar International Film Festival, Mongolia 2015
New York City Independent Film Festival 2015
Oxford International Film Festival 2016
AWGIE Award for Best Original Screenplay Nominated
Lorne Film Festival Opening Night

“With an eye for the beautiful details in the everyday, this stunning film takes us on an intimate and profoundly moving exploration of family relationships, teen love, rebellion, and the consequences of being afraid to grow up…Told through the fragmented and heightened senses of a boy on the cusp of manhood, this is a dreamy story about what it means to be alone and how valuable it is to feel connected.” – Jeff Giordano, San Francisco Indie Fest

“An alienated teenager from a highly dysfunctional family – has a talent for bucking authority…his teenage rebelliousness erupts with catastrophic results. Well crafted…superb cinematography…excellent music.” – George Heymont, The Huffington Post


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Approximately 1 hour 28 minutes
Screening on Monday 4 July includes a post-screening Q&A

Ticket Prices

Sidekicks Adult $12
Sidekicks Concession $9
Adult $15
Concession $12
F/T Student $12
Child Under 16 $10

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $4.00