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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW


BEST FILM (SISSY), BEST DIRECTION, AND BEST ACTRESS (AISHA DEE) at the 2022 AACTA AWARDS, which will take place in Sydney, 6th of December.

Orange-based film studio Arcadia has been nominated for three key categories at the 2022 AACTA Awards (aka the Aussie Oscars).

In contention for Best Film, Sissy is in the running alongside five other films including Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, George Miller’s 3000 Years of Longing and Leah Purcell’s The Drover’s Wife. Sissy is the first genre film led by a woman of colour to be in contention for Best Film in AACTA’s history.

Sissy stars The Bold Type’s Aisha Dee in a breakout role, likened to that of Florence Pugh in Midsommar and Toni Collette in Hereditary. Dee stars as Cecilia (Sissy) a wellness influencer who encounters her childhood tormentor on a hen’s weekend. Revenge is a dish best shared on Instagram.

Aisha Dee’s stunning performance in the lead role of Sissy has been recognised in the Best Actress category and is considered a front runner. Sissy’s directors Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes have also been nominated, in the Best Direction category alongside Baz Luhrmann, George Miller and Leah Purcell.

Locals can experience the excitement next Friday 4th November when Sissy comes home for its Orange Gala Premiere at Odeon 5 featuring a Q&A with the local filmmakers. There is a growing buzz around the film, with early rave reviews dubbing it “this generation’s Muriel’s Wedding”.

Alongside the awards Sissy is Certified Fresh and 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, topping Rotten Tomatoes new horror release list.


Cecilia and Emma were tween-age BFFs who were going to grow old together and never let anything come between them, until Alex arrived on the scene. Twelve years later, Cecilia is a successful social media influencer living the dream of an independent, modern millennial woman… until she runs into Emma for the first time in over a decade. Emma invites Cecilia away on her bachelorette weekend at a remote cabin in the mountains, where Alex proceeds to make Cecilia’s weekend a living hell. #triggered



✩✩✩✩ Wildly fun slasher… takes a stab at influencers”

Time Out

“✩✩✩✩ Gross and darkly funny”
The AU Review

“The Hens Party From Hell”

Film Threat

“Wildly entertaining”
The Hollywood News

“An unexpected thrill”

Film Inquiry