The New Boy

The New Boy

64th TIFF: Greek Premiere

Cate Blanchett delivers yet another compelling performance, confronting a young Aboriginal boy with resonating talent, in this captivating, mysterious film that mesmerizes its audience. Set in a secluded monastery on the edge of Australia in the 1940s, this eerie period piece sets off when a young orphan boy arrives at the gate seeking care and shelter. However, he refuses to speak and comply with the rules set by the nuns, the culture, and the religion they want to impose. Gradually, he will form a bond with Sister Aileen, who will begin to suspect that there is something truly special about this new, peculiar boy. Faith and otherworldliness serve as the backdrop upon which Warwick Thornton crafts a meticulously woven tale of mystery and tenderness about identity, love, and the scars of colonialism. A film that allows room for emotions, humor, and hope, consistently surprising the audience.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Warwick Thornton
Script: Warwick Thornton
Cinematography: Warwick Thornton
Editing: Nick Meyers
Sound: Will Sheridan, Liam Egan
Music: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis
Actors: Cate Blanchett, Deborah Mailman, Wayne Blair, Aswan Reid
Production: Scarlett Pictures, Dirty Films
Producers: Kath Shelper, Andrew Upton, Cate Blanchett, Lorenzo De Maio, Georgie Pym
Costumes: Heather Wallace
Production Design: Amy Baker
Executive producer: Gretel Packer, Coco Francini
Make Up: Jen Rossiter
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Australia
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 116'
Distribution in Greece: One from the Heart
Contact: The Veterans

Warwick Thornton

Warwick Thornton is one of Australia’s most promising contemporary filmmakers, winning numerous local and international awards as a cinematographer, writer, and director. Born in Alice Springs, Warwick is a cinematography graduate from the Australian Film Television and Radio School. His first short film, Payback, was invited to the prestigious Telluride Film Festival, and all four of his shorts won awards at the Berlin Film Festival. His debut feature, Samson and Delilah, is widely recognised as one of Australia’s finest films and was selected for the 2009 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Camera d’or for best first feature.


2002 Mimi (short)
2005 Green Bush (short)
2009 Samson & Delilah
2011 Stranded (short)
2013 The Darkside
2017 We Don’t Need a Map (documentary)
2017 Sweet Country
2023 The New Boy