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35 Letters Synopsis:
On Michelle Flowers’ 35th birthday she received a bundle of letters from her younger sister Angelique. This was no humdrum correspondence; rather they were birthday wishes full of charm and wit. The letters expressed Angelique’s love of nature, art and literature, and most of all her unique and joyful personality, despite suffering from a painful disease since her mid-teens. A year on, she’s in the last phases of terminal illness, and is struggling to find a peaceful way to die – not in a hospice, but somewhere altogether more in tune with her spirit. Janine Hosking’s innovative and moving film follows Angelique’s final months as she struggles to find grace in an inflexible health care system.
Janine Hosking won a Walkley Award in 1997. Her films include Mademoiselle and the Doctor (SFF 2005), My Khmer Heart (Winner – Hollywood Film Festival, 2000), Ganja Queen, The Pageant and I’m Not Dead Yet(SFF 2011).