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A picture of young girl Royalty Hightower in Anna Rose Holmers' The Fits
Royalty Hightower as Toni in Anna Rose Holmers' The Fits


The Fits

Unclassified 15+

18 Jun - 10 Jul

Premiering at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, Anna Rose Holmer’s feature debut is one of the most captivating films of the year. Brilliantly choreographed by the multi-talented Celia Rowlson Hall and scored by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans, The Fits is an atypical coming-of-age tale starring 9-year-old newcomer, Royalty Hightower, who bursts onto screen with more grit, determination and swagger than a Hollywood cowboy.

Tickets: Full $17 Concession $13 Member $10
  • Each day after school Toni (Hightower) heads to the local community centre where she works out in the boxing gym that her older brother manages. Dressed in grey gym sweats, she is a textbook tomboy but one day she's drawn into the mysterious world on the other side of the gymnasium doors, where the teenage girls engage in fierce dance battles. 

    Over time, Toni becomes ensconced in this world, enamoured by the power and confidence of this strong community of young women. As Toni veers evermore into the foreign, primal realm of adolescence she must navigate this unknown land on her own terms.

    THE FITS was developed and produced through the 2014/15 Edition of the Venice Biennale Cinema College program, a micro-budget and micro-timeline initiative for first and second time directors from around the world. The film premiered at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival as part of the Venice Biennale Cinema College showcase.

    “Dreamy" - Variety
    "Electrifying" - Cahiers du Cinéma
    “Mesmerizing” - Vanity Fair