The film's plot revolves around 16-year-old Claudia, portrayed by Markella Kavenagh, who is left alone after her mother's sudden suicide in a nearby lake. Claudia struggles to cope with her grief on her estate where she grew up away from the rest of the world, with only her dog for company.
Despite Claudia's isolation, fate intervenes when Grace, portrayed by Maiah Stewardson, enters her life and quickly becomes friends with Claudia. Over time, their friendship blossoms into love which gradually helps Claudia overcome her mourning period. Although reality eventually catches up with them, the end leaves us with a positive outlook for their future.
Writer/Director Katie Found
Katie Found's first feature film is full of sensitivity and innocence and comforts viewers despite its heavy theme.
Markella Kavenagh and Maiah Stewardson give outstanding performances as Claudia and Grace, respectively. Their portrayal of both teenagers' emotions was remarkable. During the movie, the most memorable parts are when the two girls share intimate moments.
Trailer: Get Ready To Fall In Love With "My First Summer"
If you're looking for a movie that will make you laugh, cry and feel all the emotions in between, "My First Summer" is the right film for you. And what better way to get a taste of this heartwarming romance than by watching the trailer below? You'll see firsthand how Claudia and Grace's relationship develops and witness the incredible performances by Kavenagh and Stewardson.
Premiere, Release Date, And Critical Acclaim
"My First Summer" premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival on October 24th, 2020. The movie was officially released on March 5th, 2021 in Australia, and will be screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on April 1st, 2021. With its powerful message about love and loss resonating deeply with audiences worldwide, it's no surprise that "My First Summer" has received critical acclaim from both critics and viewers alike.
A Powerful Coming-of-Age Story
"My First Summer" is a powerful coming-of-age story that explores themes of loss, love, and self-discovery uniquely. It has touched audiences around the world with its poignant message about healing through human connection. If you haven't seen it yet, make sure to check out this beautiful masterpiece from Katie Found!