The Last Daughter


The Main 4 Sun, Apr 14 4:10 PM
The Main 4 Mon, Apr 15 2:00 PM
The Main 3 Thu, May 2 4:00 PM
Film Info
Festival Programs:Documentaries
Films by Women
Best of Fest
Release Year:2023
Runtime:87 min
Indigenous Voices
Human Rights
Social Justice
Guest Attending
Best of Fest
Director:Brenda Matthews
Nathaniel Schmidt
Executive Producer:Kyle Slabb
Michael Tear
Taryn Brumfitt
Producer:Simon Williams
Brendon Skinner
Cinematographer:Miles Rowland
Screenwriter:Brenda Matthews
Editor:David Scarborough
Composer:James Henry


Director Nathaniel Schmidt Attending

When she was young, Brenda was taken from her Aboriginal family and placed in a white one, where she lived, and was loved, for five years. Then, just as suddenly, she was returned, but the emotional toll resonates for years.

Brenda Matthews’ first memories are warm and full of caring. She lived with a white family who took wonderful care of her, after being forcefully taken from her biological parents. When this is reversed five years later, her life is utterly disrupted, and, as an adult, Brenda now feels disconnected from both lives. Now, she goes on a search for the foster family, uncovers long-buried secrets, government lies, and discovers the possibility for deeper connections to family and culture.

“The Last Daughter gracefully shows how old wounds can be healed and how distant memories can come back into colour and focus.” –Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian