The Forbidden Aunt

Documentary film, in development

In a world swamped with soap-operas, a Serbian family proves that life is far more dramatic, frightening and far stranger than fiction, as film maker Bojana Novakovic seeks to uncover the life and personality of the one family member she was never allowed to know – her bohemian, alcoholic, endlessly energetic Aunt Gordana.

Director: Bojana Novaković

Editor: Dragan von Petrovic

Producers: Milan Stojanović, Marija Stojanović

Genre: Family drama

Length: 75 min.

Language: Serbian, English

Supported by Film Center Serbia

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Developed  with EURODOC and Docs in Progress, Thessaloniki





Bojana Novaković, born in 1981 in Serbia.

Studied at The McDonald College in Sydney (where she was Dux of 1999) and graduated from NIDA with a BA in Dramatic Arts in 2002.

Besides a very successful acting carrier in Australia and USA (Drag Me To Hell, Devil, Edge Of Darkness, Shameless), Bojana is the author and producer of criticaly acclaimed theatre plays Loveplay and The Blind Date Project and the creator of viral-hit series Yana Novak.

In 2008, she translated, adapted and directed Fake Porno in Melbourne, which was invited to be part of the Powerhouse season in Brisbane in 2009, and also received three Green Room nominations including best production. Outside of Ride On, she wrote and directed with Melbourne’s Black Lung Theatre for the critically acclaimed production of Sugar at the 2007 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

In 2010, Novakovic received an AFI nomination for International Award for Best Actress for her role in Edge of Darkness. Awards include AFI Award for “Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama or Comedy” in 2003. The Forbidden Aunt is her debut feature film.