Australian filmmaker Sophie Hyde has scooped the Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award for her film 52 Tuesdays.
Co-written by Hyde and Matthew Cormack, 52 Tuesdays premiered at the festival and has garnered the filmmaker much deserved attention.
The tells the story of 16-year-old Billie, whose reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons. Filmed over the course of a year, once a week, every week - only on Tuesdays - these unique filmmaking rules bring a rare authenticity to this emotionally charged exploration of desire, responsibility and transformation.
According to the press release, the filmmakers had set themselves the same rule, that they could only shoot on Tuesdays up until midnight and only consecutively, so whatever filmed on that day is what happens in the story on that day.
The film stars newcomers Tilda Cobham-Hervey as Billie and Del Herbert-Jane as her mother.