Release date1998 Based onplay by Louis Nowra WriterLouis Nowra (play), Louis Nowra (screenplay) Initial releaseOctober 8, 1998 (Australia) CastDeborah Mailman (Nona), Rachael Maza Long (Cressy), Trisha Morton-Thomas (Mae), Ben Oxenbould (Barman), Russell Kiefel (Priest) Similar moviesThe Tracker (2002)
Three aboriginal sisters are reunited at their family home in northern Australia for their mothers funeral. Middle sister Mae (Trisha Morton-Thomas) is bitter over the fact that she had to remain at home to look after their mother, whose health was failing. Cressy (Rachael Maza), left to become a famous opera singer, while the youngest sister, wild child Nona (Deborah Mailman), is now pregnant. Secrets, lies and long-held resentments arise as the siblings renew acquaintances.
Radiance is a 1998 Australian independent film. It is the first feature film by Aboriginal director Rachel Perkins about three indigenous sisters who reunite for their mothers funeral. The film is based on the play written by Louis Nowra.
With the death of their mother, two sisters (Nona and Cressy) return to their childhood home in Northern Australia where their third sister, Mae, lived looking after their mother. The funeral happens and the three find themselves together in the house for the first time in years. With time to talk, drink and fight, past hurts are revealed and family secrets come out.
Rachel Maza as Cressy
Deborah Mailman as Nona
Trisha Morton-Thomas as Mae
Rachel Perkins became aware of the play when she saw Trisha Morton-Thomas perform Maes beach monologue as a part of the Eora Collage end of year student showcase. Perkins called Louis Nowra to adapt it into a half hour drama but Nowra suggested they make it as a feature.
The Tracker (2002). Where the Green Ants Dream (1984). Australian Rules (2002). Deborah Mailman appears in Radiance and Rabbit-Proof Fence. Louis Nowra wrote the screenplay for Radiance and Black and White.
Australian Film Institute
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Deborah Mailman
Best Achievement in Direction, Best Achievement in Editing, Best Achievement in Production Design, Best Film, Best Screenplay Adapted from Another Source
Australian Screen Sound Guild
Best Achievement in Sound Design & FX Editing for a Feature Film