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The New Boy
Institute of Contemporary Arts
A white nun carries an Indigenous boy bleeding from the hands
The New Boy, dir. Warwick Thornton, Australia 2023, 116 min., English

In 1940s Australia, the religiously feverish Sister Eileen (Cate Blanchett) presides over Indigenous boys deliberately orphaned by the authorities. The arrival of a ‘new boy’ unsettles the monastery, but enlivens Sister Eileen’s fervour for Christ to be his guide. Aswan Reid is magnetic as the new boy, in a performance that rivals his acclaimed co-stars and heralds a new screen talent.

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