About

DIRECTOR’S NOTES

“I wanted to make a small film about our trampled instincts and forgotten tenderness. A story that was both epic and intimate, that could work on both real and mystical levels.

Sure To Rise is a love story. It is set on the edge of the world, in a small community of misfits and loners where April lives a solitary life in her caravan.

When a companion literally drops out of the sky, April takes him for herself. Disabled and unconscious, he is the perfect partner.

But he doesn’t stay grateful for long. April learns that other powerful forces threaten to separate them, the strongest of which might be him.

April has forgotten the social niceties of the regular world.  Her responses are brave and instinctive and this makes her self-centres, like a child. I think a lot of us behave like this when there’s something we really want."

Technical Info: 
Colour, 35 mm
Duration: 
15min
Production Year: 
1994
Production Company: 
Frame Up Films
Festival/Awards: 
1994 Cannes Film Festival, Sydney International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Brisbane Film Festival, Wellington Film Festival.
Sales Agent: 
NZ Film

Key Roles

Director
Writer
Producer

Key Cast

April
Hester Joyce
Parachutist
Joel Tobeck

Key Crew

Director of Photography
Simon Raby
Editor
Chris Plummer
Production Designer
Brett Schwieters