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 faces up to her traumatic past and begins a search for her birth mother. Meanwhile, the 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.
Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.
Virginia Whitwell, Nick Batzias, Thorsten Schumacher
David Elliot-Jones, Charlotte Wheaton
Lachlan McLeod, Louis Dai
Bianca Milani, Imogen Walsh
Additional Cinematography: Max Walter, Additional Cinematography: Sherwin Akbarzadeh
Film Festival Wristband
Crime, Documentary, LGBTQ, Mature/Adult
English with English Subtitles