Part of the

Documentary Series

Frontier’s dedication to storytelling through the art of documentary film.


Directed by Aaron Kopp & Amanda Kopp
Executive produced by Thandie Newton
English & SiSwati with subtitles

1hr 17mins

Under the guidance of acclaimed South African storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe, five orphaned children from Swaziland collaborate to craft a collective fairytale drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character, Liyana, is brought to life in innovative animated artwork as she embarks on a perilous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. The children’s real and imagined worlds begin to converge, and they must choose what kind of story they will tell – in fiction and in their own lives.

This genre-defying film weaves an original animated hero’s journey with poetic documentary scenes to create an inspiring tale of perseverance. LIYANA is a tribute to creativity, the strength of the human spirit, and the healing power storytelling.

Critically acclaimed, and executive produced by award-winning actress, Thandie Newton, LIYANA has won more than 25 jury and audience awards and screened at more than 80 film festivals around the world including the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival and MoMA’s Doc Fortnight.

Get Tickets


Fri Nov 30 | 3pm, 7pm
Sat Dec 1 | 3pm
Sun Dec 2 | 7pm
Tues Dec 4 | 3pm
Wed Dec 5 | 3pm
Thurs Dec 6 | 3pm, 7pm


  • Evening (5pm and after) | $9
  • Senior/Student/Child | $8
  • Matinee (before 5pm) | $7