Teesh & Trude (2002)

Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Australia   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Directed by Melani Rodriga, Teesh and Trude is a low-budget feature starring Susie Porter as Teesh, a twentysomething unwed mother living with an old friend in a tiny two-bedroom apartment. Set in West Australia, both women are unemployed and bored; their lives are largely spent smoking and arguing in front of the TV. Teesh can barely control her son Kenny (Mason Richardson), and resorts to drugging him with a sleeping pill at one point in order to get some peace. Les (Jacob Allen), her boyfriend, seems like a gift from God, but the burden of a son and an abusive father (Bill McCluskey) keep Teesh from focusing on love. Trude (inda Cropper), Teesh's roommate, has her own problems to deal with. Unlike Les, Trude's boyfriend Rod (Peter Phelps) is a lazy construction worker unfit to replace her ex-husband, who left with their two children after she had become addicted to drugs and alcohol some years before. Trude and Teesh's lives come to a head one day when all of these figures convene inside of the small flat.