Synopsis by Tracie Cooper
Directed by Rachel Ward, this short feature centers around 15-year-old Martha (Matilda Brown), whose frustration with the trappings of small-town life reaches a breaking point after her would-be birthday excursion to the beach is canceled. Determined to distance herself from her mother's (Lisa Hensley) lackadaisical attitude and string of no-good boyfriends, Martha, along with her sister Elsie (Alycia Debnam-Carey) decide to go to the beach by themselves, and hope to find their long-absent father in the process. Screened at the 2003 Brisbane Film Festival, Martha's New Coat also features Daniel Wyllie and is based on a script from Elizabeth J. Mars.
adolescence, birthday, father, road-trip, small-town