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Radiance (film)

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Director  Rachel Perkins
Music director  Alistair Jones
Country  Australia
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Running time  1h 23m
Screenplay  Louis Nowra
Language  English
Radiance (film) movie poster
Release date  1998
Based on  play by Louis Nowra
Writer  Louis Nowra (play), Louis Nowra (screenplay)
Initial release  October 8, 1998 (Australia)
Cast  Deborah Mailman (Nona), Rachael Maza Long (Cressy), Trisha Morton-Thomas (Mae), Ben Oxenbould (Barman), Russell Kiefel (Priest)
Similar movies  The 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
  • Production

    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.

    Similar Movies

    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
  • Nominations:
  • 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
  • Canberra International Film Festival
  • Audience Award
  • Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards
  • Best Actor - Female: Deborah Mailman
  • Nomination: Best Screenplay – Adapted
  • Melbourne International Film Festival
  • Most Popular Feature Film
  • References

    Radiance (film) Wikipedia
    Radiance (film) IMDb Radiance (film)