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Official Selection
Australian Premiere


A touching tale of friendship from the executive producers of The Kings Speech and Soul Surfer, Kindling follows a group of young men who return to their hometown to make their friend's final days a celebration of life and friendship.

Facing his mortality, Sid (George Somner, best known from the hit series Sex Education) yearns to create a potent legacy and be remembered fondly. His obsession for astronomy and the atmosphere serves to bring everyone together and make this summer unforgettable.

The directorial debut from Connor O’Hara offers an authentic engagement and insight into male friendship, never feeling emotionally manipulative or overtly saccharine, whilst also gently tugging at the heart strings. Crafted with sensitivity and grace, Kindling ignites a spark that lingers long after the final credits roll.

2022 | 93 min | UK | Drama
Director: Connor O'hara
Cast: Conrad Khan, Mia Mckenna-Bruce, Tara Fitzgerald, Geoff Bell, George Somner, Wilson Mbomio, Rory Saper, Kaine Zajaz
Kindling is as gentle as a summer breeze and as beautiful as a star-studded sky.

Festivals and Awards

Best Feature Film, Cleveland International Film Festival 2023
Best Film, Shanghai International Film Festival 2023