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Freshman Year

Australian Premiere | USA | Drama/Comedy

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize in 2020 at SXSW, this low budget US indie film is a bittersweet comedy about fish-out-of-water nice guy Alex and his struggles to settle in at college.

Lonely college freshman Alex (writer/director Cooper Raiff) has closed himself off from his peers, who all appear to have this whole “college thing” figured out. But everything changes one night when Alex takes a leap and attends a party at Shithouse – a legendary party fraternity – where he forges a strong connection with Maggie. The next day, she ignores him completely and seems to have forgotten about their amazing night.

Desperately clinging to his social breakthrough, Alex pulls out all the stops with one more party, hoping to rekindle that moment of connection.

Director: Cooper Raiff
Cast: Cooper Raiff, Dylan Gelula, Amy Landecker
Duration: 101 mins
Rating: Unclassified 18+ 
Country: USA
Bechdel: Yes
Official selections: SXSW

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Saturday 17 April, 8.45pm – Theatre 1, HOTA Home of the Arts

Saturday 24 April, 6.30pm – BCC Coolangatta

Tickets: $17 adults, $14 concession


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