Madeleine Gottlieb

Screen & Photography

You and Me, Before and After

A short film about sisterhood and healing.

Days Left

This is a film for anyone with a sister, anyone with a tattoo and anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.

Hannah (33) and Rachel (30) are Jewish sisters with baggage. Today, they have agreed to get their first tattoos together. Stuck side by side in the chair with nothing to do but talk, they are forced to confront a shared history that’s as painful as it is hilarious. When their tattoos are finished, we learn – with the gentlest touch – that Rachel has had a double mastectomy and her new tattoo repurposes the scars into something beautiful. Hannah has accompanied her for support. Her own tattoo is a show of solidarity. Sometimes healing is more than skin deep.

“You and Me, Before and After” is a love letter to my sister. I’m 27, she’s 24. We have a complicated relationship. We come from a big Jewish family. All of our grandparents are Holocaust survivors. Jews don’t talk – we yell. We don’t accept – we judge. We hug… but we also push. And yet somehow there’s more love in the yelling, and pushing and judging than I’ve ever seen in the quieter, more composed homes of my other friends. I think that’s because when there’s no more yelling to be done, we laugh.

As a filmmaker, I want to create change through the stories I bring to the screen. I believe that this film can go some way toward demystifying a frightening diagnosis – treating it with kindness, sensitivity and beauty. But more than that, this is a film about healing and family. It’s about sisterhood and trauma. It’s a story that celebrates the strength and bravery of women.

We have a really wonderful all-female production team committed to making YAMBAA happen. We’re all seasoned independent filmmakers experienced in delivering to tight budgets, but we need your help!

Any support would be so appreciated.

Donations through ACF will be used for production and post-production costs including; cast fees, set decoration, costumes, and camera/lighting hire.

It would mean the world to us to tell this story with your help.


Thank you – Madeleine Gottlieb, Director of YAMBAA.


Madeleine Gottlieb




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Madeleine Gottlieb is a director, producer + screenwriter from Sydney, Australia.

Her first short film as a director, the AWGIE-winning I F***ed a Mermaid and No One Believes Me, had its international premiere at Interfilm Berlin / KUKI Berlin in November 2018 and premiered domestically at Flickerfest 2019 before screening at festivals worldwide. In 2018 she wrote feature film Panyee for Revlover Films and director Matt Devine, and directed, wrote and produced her second short film Snare, which world premiered in competition at SXSW 2019 and has screened in competition at Tribeca 2019, Seattle International Film Festival 2019, Sydney Film Festival 2019, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2019 and Melbourne International Film Festival 2019 to date. Snare is nominated for an AACTA Award. Madeleine is thrilled and humbled to have been selected as Leah Purcell’s Director’s Attachment on revisionist western feature film The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson which is currently shooting in NSW.

Beginning her career as a Production + Development Executive at Goalpost Pictures, Madeleine worked on high-profile productions including Matthew Saville’s Felony (2014), Neil Armfield’s Holding the Man (2015) as well as a slew of projects in development. She was Script Coordinator and Assistant to director Wayne Blair on Cleverman Season 1 (2016) – a six-part high-concept genre series acquired by SundanceTV – and Associate Producer on Cleverman Season 2 (2017), where she wrote additional story material and was involved from development through production, post-production and delivery, variously working alongside the writers, producers and directors.

In late 2017 Madeleine joined Revlover Films (sister company of Revolver) where she works closely with producers Martha Coleman and Lauren Edwards whilst developing her own slate of projects independently.

Madeleine is passionate about the representation of diverse experiences onscreen and has a particular interest in contemporary masculinities. With the support of Screen Australia, she is currently developing an anthology webseries on the subject with an all-female production team and five other award-winning female writer/directors.

She loves Bruce Springsteen.

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