Sweet As 2022

Directed by Jub Clerc

Set in Australia’s remote Pilbara, Jub Clerc’s multi award-winning debut feature is a triumphant coming-of-age road movie that honours the power of country, community and art to transform lives.

Session dates and venues to be announced
89 minutes Colour / DCP
Offensive language & sexual references




Liz Kearney


Jub Clerc
Steve Rodgers


Katie Milwright


Katie Flaxman

Production Designer

Emma Fletcher

Costume Designer

Lien See Leong


Shantae Barnes-Cowan
Mark Coles Smith
Ngaire Pigram
Carlos Sanson Jr
Pedrea Jackson
Mikayla Levy
Andrew Wallace
Tasma Walton


Melbourne, Toronto 2022; Berlin, Māoriland 2023


Australian Innovation Award
Melbourne International Film Festival 2022; Crystal Bear (Generation Kplus)
Berlin International Film Festival 2023; People’s Choice Award for Best Feature Drama
Māoriland Film Festival 2023


Visually spectacular and rooted in Indigenous Australian understanding of Country, Sweet As is authentic storytelling at its best and no wonder as Nyul Nyul, Yawaru filmmaker Jub Clerc based her multi award-winning debut feature on her own lived experience.

The film follows 16-year-old Murra who is one step away from entering the child protection system when she is sent on a photography safari into remote Western Australia. Through her camera, Murra begins a deep cultural healing. Her inner journey is finely performed by emerging star Shantae Barnes-Cowan alongside a tight and engaging cast whose nuanced expressions of youth are both familiar and timeless.

Funny and poignant, Sweet As is a new Australian classic, which has been picking up awards since its premiere at last year’s Melbourne International Film Festival. — Libby Hakaraia

“Our protagonist Murra is labelled a ‘troubled youth’, but her inner world is full of hopes, dreams, frustrations and clever insights—despite her unsafe home environment, or perhaps even because of it.” — Silvi Vann-Wall, Screenhub Australia

An open captions session will screen in Auckland at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket on Saturday 22 July and in Wellington at Embassy Theatre (Deluxe Cinemas), on Sunday 30 July. 

A low-sensory session will screen in Auckland at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket on Friday 28 July and in Wellington at Embassy Theatre (Deluxe Cinemas), on Sunday 13 August. 

Find out more about our accessbility screenings at our NZIFF Access page HERE.