Sometimes it’s the simplest of stories that utterly disarm you. Like dropping in on the everyday life of the family at the heart of [CENSORED] filmmaker Sari Braithwaite’s latest documentary Because We Have Each Other, which has just debuted at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).
She spent five years sitting with working-class couple Janet Sharrock and Brent ‘Buddha’ Barnes, who fell head over heels in love at their local RSL and then wound up forging a family together. A place where they could nurture their neurodivergent children with former partners under one roof. It’s the sort of film that creeps up on you unawares and leaves you thoroughly discombobulated.