★★★★ ” The Guardian
Clean is an affecting reflection on the fragility of life...an uplifting story of resilience ” Hollywood Reporter
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at SXSW Film Festival (2022) in Texas, and coming straight from packed sessions MIFF this Australian doco celebrates the life and work of Sandra Pankhurst. Trauma cleaners clean spaces that no one else will touch – hoarder sites, meth-labs, murder scenes, deaths and suicides. They clean the homes of some of society’s most vulnerable people – the neglected, the lonely, the addicted, and the mentally unwell.
When illness forces her away from her beloved trauma cleaning business, Sandra Pankhurst faces up to her traumatic past and begins a search for her natural mother. Meanwhile, her workers approach this difficult work with camaraderie and humour, bringing hope to their clients despite carrying trauma of their own.
CLEAN shows us that life is more fragile than we might think, but there is hope and reassurance in human connection.
- MA 15+
- 92 MINS