Here Out West

Director: Fadia Abboud, Lucy Gaffy, Julie Kalceff, Ana Kokkinos and Leah Purcell

Producers: Annabel Davis, Sheila Jayadev, Bree-Anne Sykes

Screenwriter: Nisrine Amine, Bina Bhattacharya, Matias Bolla, Claire Cao, Arka Das, Dee Dogan, Vonne Patiag and Tien Tran

Starring: Genevieve Lemon, Mia-Lore Bayeh, Christian Ravello, Arka Das, Rahel Romahn, Thuso Lekwape, Leah Vandenberg, De Lovan Zandy, Khoi Trinh, Brandon Nguyen, Christine Milo, Jing-Xuan Chan, Gabrielle Chan

Synopsis: Nancy visits her daughter in hospital who has just given birth. Tagging along is her 8-year-old Lebanese neighbour, Amirah, who she is babysitting. It is a bittersweet meeting for Nancy, as her new grandchild is about to be taken away, her mother being deemed unfit by the authorities to keep her. In an act of desperation, Nancy makes the decision to steal the baby, fleeing from the hospital with Amirah by her side. Not long after their audacious escape, a pedestrian is involved in a hit and run. Three young men step in to help, unsure if he’ll survive the night. Across eight distinct yet interconnected stories, Nancy’s spontaneous flight sets off a chain of events that brings together complete strangers over the course of one dramatic day.