Brunswick Picture House

30 Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483

The Five Provocations (M) with Live Q&A

Rated: Rated M 15+Year: 2018 | Director: Angie Black | Cast: Sapidah Kian, Rebecca Bower, Tony Moclair, Blake Osborn, Maude Davey, Sarah Ward, Amanda Morris, Gabi Barton, Carla Yasmine, Sarah Pax

PLUS Live Q&A with Director Angie Black!

One moment, one chance meeting, one show-stopping performance will force them to truly face themselves and change their lives forever.

Four people become unexpectedly entangled in each other’s lives. Marlena is dealing with the loss of Rosie. Paul too is dealing with the loss of Rosie but is unaware that anyone might be hurting as much as him. Bridget is just trying to survive in the new life she’s stepped into, unprepared and alone. Clinton is struggling to come to terms with his sense of self, both as a parent and with his gender identity.

These people come together and change each other’s lives in ways they could never have predicted. But not before facing weird and wonderful confrontations. All are provoked by unexpected encounters with women who force each to face their past, their fears… and themselves.

Live performance art pieces, selected from Melbourne’s thriving independent theatre scene were used to create the provocations that drive each of the characters towards change.

The characters were developed with the actors in the two years before filming, but their reactions to the unexpected provocations are entirely unscripted and authentic.

The FIVE Provocations is an ensemble drama about overcoming emotional trauma. It examines five emotional responses to provocation and asks the question: what would you do?


I wanted to make a film that was as unexpected as life with a narrative that explores the complicated moments and experiences of everyday people familiar to me in my world, yet rarely depicted on screen. We might think we have it all worked out as we plan for the future, but what happens when someone unexpected suddenly appears, someone so extraordinary that that chance meeting provokes a significant change in you?

Perhaps it was being introduced to loss at an early age, my parents ran aged care facilities and I got used to losing friends, but I’ve always been interested in how we grieve. The FIVE Provocations is about finding ways through grief and connecting with people who help you overcome the helplessness we feel around loss. Each of the four main characters in the film are displaced and although we don’t see the moments of loss, all of them are struggling to cope with the change that loss brings.

Adult $15 | Conc. $12