Review by James Cunningham.
Jordan, a queer non-binary person, visits their conservative, Evangelical Christian family in rural Australia in the aftermath of the US election to discover that their own mother is a Trump supporter. Director Kirrilee Bailey is no stranger to MQFF, having been awarded Best Emerging Filmmaker at last year’s festival with the short film Allergies (2018).
Cinematographer Gabriel Francis does a wonderful job at making the Great Again look and feel as if it could have been a feature. The cold, grey exterior is punctuated with the red of ‘Make America Great Again’ cap. Literally acting like a red rag to a proverbial bull. Warmth is also cleverly brought in to an evangelical prayer ceremony, while Jordan is left to watch through a window, left out in the cold. Francis also hits a stroke of genius with one silhouetted shot of the two protagonists from behind, one with a gun, under what seems to look like a barn.
The themes embedded in Great Again resonate far beyond just the six-minutes of this film, and one would love to see Bailey and Francis collaborating and expanding this idea further.
James Cunningham is the Editor of Australian Cinematographer Magazine.