The Film

2020 / DRAMA / ENGLISH / 84 mins


Four parents go to war over a child’s allegation.

Written and Directed by Michael Bentham
Producer Donna Lyon
Executive Producer Shaun Miller
Cinematographer Mark Carey
Production Designer Juliet John
Costume Designer Erin Roche
Editor Ryan Wade Howard
Composer Tony Dupé
Sound Designer Sean McGarrity
Starring Geraldine HakewillMark Leonard WinterMatilda Ridgway and Tom Wren.


“The 10 best Australian films of 2021”
Paul Merrill, NME / December 2021
Read the full review here

“Cross Richard Linklater’s Tape with Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin, add a dash of Charlie McDowell’s The One I Love, and you may get an idea of what to expect from Michael Bentham’s ambitiously minimalist debut feature Disclosure” Read the full review from Alex Saveliev.


World PremiereOfficial Selection, Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2020.
Official SelectionIn Competition, Gold Coast Film Festival, 2020.
Official Selection, CinefestOZ, 2020
Official SelectionIn Competition, Newport Beach Film Festival, 2020.
Official Selection, Adelaide Film Festival, 2020.
Official Selection, Sydney Film Festival Travelling Film Festival, 2021
European Premiere, Official Selection, In CompetitionCheltenham International Film Festival, 2021
Official Selection, Festival du cinéma de La Foa, 2021


Winner, Best Fiction Feature Film, ATOM Awards, 2021.
Nominated, Best Indie Film, AACTA Awards, 2021.
Nominated, Best Direction in a Feature Film, ADG Awards, 2021.
Nominated, Best Film, Cheltenham International Film Festival, 2021.
Nominated, Best Australian Independent Film Award, Gold Coast Film Festival, 2020.
Nominated, Best Independent Film , Newport Beach Film Festival, 2020.
, Margaret Lawrence Social Justice Award (Screenplay).

Tom Wren and Geraldine Hakewill as Joel and Bek

Disclosure is a tense psychological drama, inspired by real events.

“What I found really shocking, as a dad, was to observe how a conversation between parents, between friends, very quickly degenerated into a ferocious argument, which then spread out into the community, and within a matter of days turned into a witch-hunt against the family of the child that made the original allegation. I thought this was appalling and, as a storyteller, fascinating.” Writer/Director Michael Bentham

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Director’s Statement

Matilda Ridgway and Mark Leonard Winter as Emily and Danny

Shot on 4K, the aesthetic that underpins Disclosure is drawn from the concept of ‘traumascapes’ articulated by Melbourne-based writer and academic Maria Tumarkin.

The idyllic setting for the film is Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges. At the heart of this landscape is the first-world icon of the private swimming pool, sitting just out of reach of the soaring gums and tangled native bush of a nearby creek. This physical proximity serves as a metaphor for the temporality, and fragility, of Western bourgeois cultural values in a landscape that for tens of millennia had been the home of the indigenous Wurundjeri.

To evoke the layers of trauma that reverberate through the drama of Disclosure, and the landscape in which the story takes place, we have applied a bold grade that overlays an oppressive feel to the temperate rainforest and plush first-world settlements of Australia’s Dandenong Ranges.

The Creek

Sound design and music are key to building the dramatic tension in which the narrative lurches from friendship and cooperation to ferocious rage and destructive aggression. 

Water Birth, composed by Michael Bentham, performed by the Invictus Quartet, recorded by
Guus Hoevenaars at Newmarket Studios, Melbourne.

Producer’s Statement

Matilda Ridgway as Emily

It is rare that a compelling story, which has the right elements to make an effective micro budget drama, comes your way. Disclosure is one of those projects.

A tense psychological drama, Disclosure draws our audience into the world of two empathetic protagonists, soulmates Danny and Emily, as they respond to the horror of their 4-year-old daughter’s disclosure of sexual abuse at the hands of their friends’ 9-year-old son. When Danny and Emily reach out to the parents of the accused, in a bid to tackle the issue constructively, they are instead forced to counter an increasingly brutal attempt to retract their accusation.

At a time when the #MeToo campaign is capturing the public zeitgeist, Disclosure expands the conversation to tackle the issue of child-on-child sexual abuse. The alarming scale of this problem, still mired in secrecy and denial, is being brought into the public domain by a slew of academic papers, articles and news reports across the developed world.

In a market primed for a discussion about this subject, Disclosure engages the audience with a powerful story of trauma, revenge, doubt and despair, as the ethical, emotional and professional dilemmas faced by the four main characters are exposed.

Disclosure is writer/director Michael Bentham’s debut feature, and continues the line of outstanding debut films emerging from Melbourne-based directors, including Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) and David Michôd (Animal Kingdom). Michael’s realisation of this bold and dramatic piece cleverly couples a Kubrick-esque visual style with black comedic beats, differentiating it from the wider independent Australian scene.

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