Experiencing Interruptions?

The Last Goldfish

THE LAST GOLDFISH documents a daughter's search for her lost family. Rich with archival images, this suspenseful and surprising story – stretching from Australia to Trinidad, North America to WWII Germany – reveals the impact of war and displacement across generations.

Manfred Goldfish tries as hard as he can to hide from his family the trauma he has experienced. But his queer filmmaker daughter suspects there is more to the Goldfish tale than her father is willing to reveal.

An audience favourite at Sydney Film Festival, where the film premiered, and the Jewish International Film Festival in Australia. Screened at Adelaide Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival and other festivals. Awarded Best Foreign Documentary and Best Script for Documentary at the New York Independent Film Festival.

The Last Goldfish is a journey through memory and amnesia; via the Holocaust and calypso. An adventure of the heart revealing the complexity of ordinary lives, the importance of family, traditional and alternative, and what we gain from understanding who we are and where we come from.

  • Su Goldfish
    Director
    TRACE (2011), CIAO MEOW (2009)
  • Su Goldfish
    Writer
    TRACE (2011), CIAO MEOW (2009)
  • Carolyn Johnson
    Producer
    Son of a Lion (2007),Tanna which was nominated in the 2017 Foreign Language Academy Awards®. A Sense of Self (ABC1, 2016), A Law Unto Himself (ABC1, 2012), Stumbling in Hillary’s Footsteps (ABC1, 2013), the landmark 4x 1hr series First Footprints (2013, ABC/Arte), Over The Edge (NITV), and Are You My Mother (2 x 52mins, 2009, SBS).
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Historical, Jewish, Essay, Creative, Queer, Refugees, Lesbian, Australian, Gay, grief
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 21 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 2, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    500,000 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Trinidad and Tobago, United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 8mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Sydney Film Festival - Audience Award
    Sydney
    Australia
    June 8, 2017
    Australian
    Winner Foxtel Movies Audience Award for Best Documentary Top Ten
  • Adelaide Film Festival
    Adelaide
    Australia
    October 15, 2017
    South Australian Premiere
  • Jewish International Film Festival
    Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne
    Australia
    October 26, 2017
    Second Audience favourite in Documentary
  • Golden Age Cinema
    Sydney
    Australia
    November 26, 2017
  • New York Jewish Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    January 10, 2018
    US premiere
  • ScreenWave International Film Festival
    Coffs Harbour
    Australia
    January 18, 2018
    Regional Film Festival
  • Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival
    Sydney
    Australia
    February 18, 2018
  • Chicago Jewish Film Festival
    Chicago
    United States
    March 3, 2018
  • New Renaissance Film Festival
    Amsterdam
    Netherlands
    March 1, 2018
    European
  • Parramatta Riverside Theatre Screening
    Parramatta
    Australia
    March 22, 2018
  • Since I Left You
    Sydney
    Australia
    March 28, 2018
  • USA Film Festival
    Dallas
    United States
    April 26, 2018
  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    May 4, 2018
    Canada
  • New York Independent Film Festival - Best Foreign Documentary
    NYC
    United States
    May 9, 2018
    Best Foreign Documentary Feature and Best Script Foreign Documentary Feature
  • St. Louis Jewish Film Festival
    St Louis
    United States
    June 3, 2018
  • Boulder Jewish Community Centre : Local Authors, Local Stories
    Boulder
    United States
    June 10, 2018
  • Frameline
    San Francisco
    United States
    June 20, 2018
    West Coast US
    Official Selection
  • Gender Bender Festival
    Bologna
    Italy
    November 27, 2018
    Italian Premiere
    Official Selection and Audience Award
Distribution Information
  • Umbrella Entertainment
    Country: Australia
    Rights: Video on Demand, Pay Per View, Video / Disc
  • Bonsai Films
    Country: Australia
    Rights: Airline, Theatrical
  • Torch
    Country: United States
Director Biography - Su Goldfish

SU GOLDFISH - Writer/Director/Co-Producer/Narrator

Su Goldfish is manager of the Creative Practice Lab at the University of New South Wales. Between 2011 and 2014 Su co-produced the adaptation of three of artist William Yang’s performance works into television documentaries screened on ABC-TV and in film festivals locally and internationally. Su studied documentary at AFTRS (2010). As writer/director her short films include Trace (2011) and Ciao Meow (2009) which screened in film festivals and exhibitions.

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Director Statement

I always wanted to tell my father’s story. Only 600 Jewish refugees made it to Trinidad, an unusual destination. My father made a new life there and like many refugees he re-invented himself. When I was a child he told me he drew a line when I was born and made a decision to never look back. He never talked about the uncomfortable truths of his past, his previous marriage, his other children and the persecution and murder of his family in Germany. I understand now he was trying to protect me, and himself, but we need the stories of our family. They are what shape us and connect us to the world.

Visually I was fascinated by my father’s photos from 1930s, my mother’s war-time documents, and our home movies from the in Trinidad and 1970s in Australia. They became clues helping me on
this search for my family. I’m lucky I have this intimate archive to help tell this story. Many refugees arrive in a new land with very little that holds the traces of their past.

The search for my family is a lens through which I look at the impact of race and nationalism. Who gets to belong? I explore our ability to forgive, to remember, to accept. It’s about friendship and family, traditional and alternative, and ultimately, The Last Goldfish is about love.