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Synopsis

The Breakfast Club meets the outback in this uplifting coming-of-age road movie by Nyul Nyul / Yawuru director Jub Clerc.

With problems on the home front, 15-year-old Murra is on the verge of lashing out. That is, until her policeman uncle thwarts her self-destructive behaviour with a lifeline: a “photo-safari for at-risk kids”. Murra isn’t entirely convinced, but she soon joins cantankerous Kylie, uptight Sean, happy-go-lucky Elvis, and camp counsellors Fernando and Michelle on a transformative bus trip to the Pilbara. On the trail, the teens learn about fun, friendship and first crushes, as well as the forces of ‘reality’ that puncture the bubble of youth.

Starring Aboriginal luminaries Tasma Walton (Mystery RoadCleverman) and Mark Coles Smith (Last Cab to DarwinPawno), Chilean-Cuban-Australian actor Carlos Sanson Jr (Bump), and a magnetic Shantae Barnes-Cowan (Total ControlFirebite) in the lead, Clerc’s feature debut is an effervescent story of growth, acceptance and the journey towards finding oneself. With postcard-perfect shots of remote Western Australia and a road-trip-worthy soundtrack of all-Indigenous artists, Sweet As is sure to take you along for its thrillingly cinematic, life-affirming ride.

Photo credit Nic Duncan

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Production Information

Director

Jub Clerc

Writers

Jub Clerc
Steve Rodgers

Producer

Liz Kearney

Executive Producers

Robert Connolly
Robert Patterson

Key Cast

Shantae Barnes-Cowan
Mark Coles Smith
Ngaire Pigram
Carlos Sanson Jr
Pedrea Jackson
Mikayla Levy
Andrew Wallace
Tasma Walton

Key Locations

Port Hedland

Key WA Crew

Director of Photography

Katie Milwright ACS

Line Producer

James Grandison

Production Designer

Emma Fletcher

Costume Designer

Lien See Leong

Hair & Makeup Designer

Kate Anderson

Sound Recordist

Trevor Hope

1st Assistant Director

Stuart Morrice

2nd Assistant Director

Charmaine Murray

3rd Assistant Director

Will Chapman

Gaffer

Dan Spriggs

Key Grip

Greg Stirling

Location Manager

Crystal McCallum

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