Somersault: Cate Shortland

Short film-maker Cate Shortland’s first feature, Somersault, heralds a promising future ¾ not just for her as an emerging filmmaker but also for Australian films. Somersault takes viewers on a visually elegiac journey, with sexual miscreant Heidi (Abbie Cornish) fumbling towards more adult experiences.

Her inexperience lands her in some uncompromising situations, but it also brings her to Joe (Sam Worthington). They cautiously relinquish their insecurities, leaving room for themselves and the audience to ponder the breaths between each uncertain move.

It’s easy to find yourself equally entangled in each fleeting glimpse you get into the lives of each incredibly well-played character.