One of the most talked-about and critically acclaimed films of 2021, NOMADLAND, starring Oscar-winner Frances McDormand, will be available On Demand on FOXTEL from Friday, April 30.
Nominated for six Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actress for McDormand at the upcoming 2021 Academy Awards on April 26, NOMADLAND staked its claim as official front runner for this year’s Academy Awards after a host of nominations and wins for the film during this year’s awards season, including Golden Globe wins for Best Drama Motion Picture and Best Director of a Motion Picture. The film also won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
NOMADLAND follows the journey of Fern (McDormand), who, after the death of her husband and the economic collapse of her hometown in Nevada, packs her van and sets off on the road, exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.
A sweeping, exquisite portrait of the American nomadic spirit set on the trail of seasonal migratory labour, the film features real-life nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.
NOMADLAND is a portrait of a woman who has lost a husband and her whole former life, but in that process, gains strength and a new life. Fern finds her community in the nomad gatherings she attends, a closer companionship with Dave (David Strathairn), along with others she meets on her journey. But most importantly, as she evolves, in the wilderness, in rocks, trees, stars, a hurricane – this is where she finds her independence.
NOMADLAND is directed by Chloé Zhao (Songs My Brothers Taught Me; The Rider) and is based on the non-fiction book NOMADLAND: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder. The film stars McDormand (Fargo; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck; Lincoln), Linda May and Swankie.
The producers are Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, Frances McDormand and Peter Spears. The director of photography is Joshua James Richards.