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Australia / 2014 / 104 min/ DCP / colour / Comedy Drama

Director : Stephen Lance

Script : Gerard Lee, Stephen Lance
Cinematography : Geoffrey Simpson
Editing :   Jill Bilcock
Music :   Stephen Rae
Production : Leanne Tonke, Stephen Kearney
Cast : Emmanuelle Béart, Harrison Gilbertson, Rachael Blake, Socratis Otto, Leah Purcell

Official selection, Cinefestoz, Busselton 2014
Introduced by Leanne Tonkes



It’s a long hot summer for Charlie Boyd. He’s sixteen and his hormones are racing. When a tragic family event tumbles Charlie into a world of pain, a pain so intense he thinks no-one can help, he tries to escape. Desperate and alone, he meets Maggie, the mysterious woman who lives down the street.  She’s a professional and she specialises in pain. Giving it, exploring it, and sharing it, all for money. So Charlie insinuates his way into her life and despite herself Maggie can’t stop from going along with his wishes.  However dangerous their relationship may be, she knows he needs her.  She needs him too. As much as she tries to deny it, she needs his sort of love, because in the part of her life she keeps from Charlie, she has been judged and found wanting, and is paying the price. Maggie is drawn to this troubled boy who takes all the pain she can give and uses it to heal himself. As Charlie heals, he turns that love back onto her, his Mistress.

Stephen Lance

He is an award-winning director of internationally renowned films, music videos and commercials. "My Mistress", is Stephen debut feature film. The film was selected for the No Borders market in New York and SPAAMart in 2011. Stephen’s first short film “Eustice solves a problem” screened at international film festivals including Palm Springs, Chicago, Rome, Toronto and Seattle, and received a 2005 Dendy Award nomination. His short film “Yolk” was screened in competition in Berlin. He wrote the acclaimed animation “ Dog with electric collar” which won the AFI for Best Animation in 2008. He has directed Australian music videos for artists including Megan Washington, Silverchair, Powderfinger, Sarah Blasko, John Butler Trio.


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