Stronger than Fiction – Set!

Sunday 4 July 2021 at 2pm
Dendy Canberra Centre
Free child care available – see below

This third film in Stronger Than Fiction’s 2021 Series, from the US, takes a deep dive into the wacky and wildly entertaining world of competitive table setting. 

Barbie speaks with Stronger Than Fiction’s Deborah Kingsland about Set

Set! follows tablescaping contestants in the lead-up to the Orange County Fair. Competitors spend months and thousands of dollars designing, sourcing materials and holding table reveal parties.

The completed entries include taxidermied monkeys, model barns and a safari themed table complete with bullet belts. The judging is ruthless – a misplaced spoon or a fingerprint on a glass could spell doom for a table, and the pressure brings controversies and old rivalries to the fore. 

However, beneath the high stakes and silverware is a surprising meditation on the all-consuming passion that Set!’s contestants feel for tablescaping.

Child care

Free child care for 3 -9 year olds. Childcare for ticket holders will be in the foyer of Dendy Cinemas, and will allow time for a cup of coffee in the Premium Lounge after the screening. Stronger than Fiction is taking bookings for childcare   at

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