Two girls explore their friendship and the joy of a juicy mandarin in the dry Australian landscape.

Mandarin Peel has screened at over twenty film festivals worldwide and was recently included in the "For We Are Young and Free" art exhibition at the Toyota Gallery, Melbourne. The film enjoyed its world premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland, 2009 and was nominated for "Best International Short" at International Film Festival Breda, Netherlands.

Mandarin Peel explores memories and dreams of childhood, focussing on the experiences of two girls in the dry Australian summer. Two young friends silently interact with each other and the landscape, making their mark, they hoard objects, sharing, bonding and touching the natural and the unnatural in their midst. The film explores the innocence of childhood, the kinship of the young, instinctual reactions, sensations, shifting boundaries, violence and forgiveness. The children of Mandarin Peel serve as metaphors for Australia itself, its exploration of identity, forging relationships, inventing history and future.

Starring - Jamira Hunter & Minnie Liszukiewicz
Writer & Director - Anna McGrath
Cinematographer - Stefan Duscio
Sound Designer - Chris Goodes
Art Director - Ka-Yin Kwok
Editor - Marcus Herrick
Producer - Aaron Wilson

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