Fascinated by Native Americans, a young girl inadvertently takes on her mother's anger, which lands them in a sticky situation.



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Credited cast:
... Linda
Edwina Royce ... Shelley
... Ken
Matthew Coote ... Hans
Jacob Moore ... The Stranger
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sam Galvin ... Boy


Linda, a mouthy and bitter single mother, has found herself struggling to maintain a household alone. Her nine year old daughter, Shelley, has become increasingly obsessed with a decorative tomahawk mounted to their apartment wall. Despite her mother's ignorance, Shelley begins to take on Linda's anger and aggression, ultimately leading to darkly comedic yet fatal consequences.

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Short | Comedy

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Release Date:

December 2014 (Australia)  »

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Cherokee  »

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16:9 HD
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A beautiful black comedy, that explores the influence a parent's behavior has over their child.
23 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

I really enjoyed Cherokee. It's well shot and there's great performances from all of the cast. Rankin has a great ability, also present in his earlier work, of creating clean dialogue that's also absurdly funny. Particularly the dialogue he gives to the children which emulates the maturity of an adult. I really enjoyed these Brechtian moments as I felt I was sharing a laugh with Rankin. I felt like he was by my side, nudging me and pointing out just how crazy the situation was becoming. Cherokee is a perfect example of the high quality shorts that Melbourne's student film makers continue to make. I'm looking forward to what Jem Rankin produces in the future.

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