The Five Provocations
94 minutes


Finalist film: Best Film Under $500K, Ozflix Independent Film Awards 2019

A film by Angie Black

Film, feminism and performance art provoke four characters and the actors playing them.



The FIVE Provocations is a performance-driven realist drama about four intertwined stories of love, loss and unexpected confrontations by women too provocative to ignore.

The lives of four very different people intertwine in this performance-driven ensemble drama about dealing with loss and finding yourself. Marlena is secretly dealing with the loss of her married lover, Rosie. Rosie’s husband Paul is also going through his own grief. Meanwhile Marlena takes on a housemate, the timid and a little bit aimless, Bridget. Handyman Clinton grapples with parenting a teenage daughter and his own developing gender identity. Throughout the film these people will fall apart, but also come together and change each other’s lives. Amongst all this are the mysterious five provocations, played with mischievous charm by the stars of Australia’s cabaret scene Maude Davey, Yana Alana, Sarah Pax, Amanda Morris and the Town Bikes.

Featuring: Sapidah Kian, Rebecca Bower, Tony Moclair, Blake Osborn


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Finalist film: Best Film Under $500K, Ozflix Independent Film Awards 2019

Selected Festivals

Official Selection: Melbourne Queer Film Festival, 2018
Official Selection: For Films Sakes Film Festival, 2018
Official Selection: AACTA Film Festival, 2018
Australian New Wave: Adelaide Film Festival, 2018|
Official Selection: Melbourne Women in Film Festival 2019


Key Creatives

Produced, Written and Directed by Angie Black
Co-Producer Atalanti Dionysus
Director of Photography Matt Jasper
Editor and Associate Producer Kelly Dingeldei
Executive Producer Kris Darmody


What people have said about The Five Provocations

“The Five Provocations immediately wins a rather unique place in the history of Australian cinema – there’s nothing else quite like it.” Adrian Martin, Film Critic: Adrian Martin, February 2019  

“It’s like a Luis Buñuel or David Lynch film, where the narrative is suddenly split open by molotov cocktails..." Bill Mousoulis, Adelaide Film Festival program, 12 September 2018

“...natural characters, the quotidian experience of going to work, facing problems, running into the odd eccentric, some joyful moments, some sad feelings. Real people. Awkward interaction.” Geoffrey Gardner, Film Alert 101, 13 September 2018

“Hilarious, strange, moving and life affirming stuff.” Michael Harden, reviewer, October 2018

"bringing queer stories to the screen with a crew that includes women in many of the key roles, as well as some terrific performances from the female driven cast.” Annie Parnell, Celebrating Australia's Female Filmmakers, AACTA Awards news, 7 September 2018