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Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie’s Dead Aunt)

A heartfelt and hilarious queer teen rom-com, offering a fresh take on the universal ‘first love’ story.


17-year-old Ellie (Sophie Hawkshaw) has a serious crush on her classmate Abbie (Zoe Terakes), and is struggling to find the courage to ask her to the Year 12 formal. When Ellie accidentally spills the beans to her mum (Marta Dusseldorp) and outs herself in the process, things start to get complicated and a little bit spooky, when her deceased aunt Tara (Julia Billington), a lesbian activist from the ‘80s,  returns from the dead as a “Fairy Godmother” to dish out advice whether Ellie wants it or not.

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at Mardi Gras Film Festival 2020, this heartfelt and hilarious queer teen rom-com offers a fresh take on the universal ‘first love’ story, whilst paying homage to Sydney’s LGBTIQ+ activist history and celebrating the massive inroads to equality made over time.

Director: Monica Zanetti
Language: English
Cast: Marta Dusseldorp, Sophie Hawkshaw, Zoe Terakes, Rachel House
Genre: Romance
Country: Australia
Runtime: 82 Minutes
Production Year: 2020