The Fits Is Your Next Indie

| May 14, 2016

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Words by Jo McTavish

WE recently announced the Essential Independents: American Cinema, Now festival showcasing at Palace Cinemas, and with so many films showcasing there, we had to single out one that we had the chance of viewing that was a truly amazing experience…

It is called THE FITS and it directed by Anna Rose Holmer who was listed as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2015. Marking her narrative directional debut, THE FITS (2015 Venice International Film Festival, 2016 Sundance Film Festival), is an enigmatic coming of age story that follows an 11-year-old tomboy Toni (played with great maturity by Royalty Hightower) as she looks for a place to belong amongst friends and community.

Set largely in a community centre located in the midst of a housing estate, Toni oscillates between the boxing gym and the dance class listening and observing – but something unusual is happening to those also in the building… an unexplained outbreak of fainting spells. But it’s the wide-eyed innocence of Toni and Hightowers’ portrayal that is the real story here.

“Anna’ was one of three winners of the 2014 Venice Biennale College, who won a $187,000 grant to make THE FITS, which premiered at Venice in 2015 to rave reviews. The film has been met with critical praise and even more it has been selected to play in this year’s prestigious New Directors New Films which introduced emerging film-makers from around the world such as Pedro Almodovar, Christopher Nolan and Spike Lee.

The film boasts a truly unique presence that celebrates the tradition of film making and story telling that deserves your eyes. I cannot express how much I loved this film, and how excited I am to see once again.

If there is any film that awaits you at the cinema, make sure you see THE FITS as it will not disappoint, instead it will allow your mind to explore the beauty of cinematic art.

To celebrate the release of THE FITS, Moustache and Palace Cinemas have 10 double passes to giveaway to a special screening of the film on the 19 May at Palace Cinemas Como (Melbourne), the screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director.

To enter simply send your name and address to, to go into the draw.

THE FITS, exclusively showing at Essential Independents: American Cinema, Now.

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