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Alena Lodkina is a Russian born filmmaker based in Melbourne. She directed and co-wrote her first feature film Strange Colours (2017), developed through the Venice Biennale College. Petrol (2022) is her second feature film as writer and director. Her fiction and documentary short films have played internationally. Her writing has appeared in Senses of Cinema, 4:3 Journal, Meanjin and Fireflies.