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Graceful Girls

Inside the world of Calisthenics.

Year: 2015

Duration: 95 minutes

Genre: Documentary

Classification: G

Writer: Olivia Peniston-Bird

Producer: Melanie Coombs, Olivia Peniston-Bird, Nigel Karikari, Mish Armstrong and Alicia Brown

Director: Olivia Peniston-Bird

Guts, stamina, dedication, power. You'll need all four to be crowned "Most Graceful Girl"! In the beautiful, physically demanding world of the uniquely Australian dance sport of Calisthenics, there is only one prize that matters: Most Graceful Girl. For 26-year-old primary school teacher Brianna Lee, three-time Graceful Girl runner-up, and having controversially stripped of the State Title, there's nothing she wants more. But calisthenics is a young woman's sport and time is running out, so with the help of uncompromising, legendary coach Diane Synnott, the grande Dame of the re-birthed ‘Regent Calisthenics Club’ Brianna struggles to perfect her routine, lay all her ghosts to rest and produce the best performance of her life. Graceful Girls is the feature film debut from Olivia Peniston-Bird, who like many didn’t know about the sport until it threatened to take over her life. Graceful Girls is a testament to the driving power of obsession, and the way that the spirit of competition can lead us to discover the best of our nature.