Palm Trees and Power Lines: Jamie Dack’s Debut Feature

Jamie Dack’s debut feature examines the notion of consent in a complex relationship between a teenage girl and a much older man.

Palm Trees and Power Lines, Jamie Dack’s debut, concerns a relationship between a teenage girl and a man twice her age.

Fleeting glances, changes in body language, haunting shift in tone and deliberate silences contribute to an examination of consent and predation.

The film opens with scenes of summer, observing 17-year-old Lea (Lily McInerny) drifting through the lazy, humid days before school resumes. She takes long walks humming tunes to herself, sunbathes in her backyard with her friend and watches online make-up tutorials.

Distressing portrayal of predation.

Venue: Sundance Fest (U.S. Dramatic Competition)
Cast: Lily McInerny, Jonathan Tucker, Gretchen Mol
Director: Jamie Dack
Screenwriter: Jamie Dack (story by), Audrey Findlay

Running time: 110 minutes