Films From Australia

In an environment that exists only in its immediacy, a man stumbles over familiarity in the darkness. Local filmmaker Callum Cooper's first animation was awarded the Best Script, Best Animation and Most Cinematic Potential at the VCA awards. ... --- ... D/S/P Callum Cooper WS VCA School of Film & Television TD video/ col/2004/4mins ... Read more
Downriver (MIFF Premiere Fund 2015) director Grant Scicluna jumps into VR with an adaptation of one of the tales from Jack Heath’s short-story collection 300 Minutes of Danger. Here, in a potentially deadly case of mistaken identity, Nassim is poisoned and must engage in a heart-pumping game of cat and mouse to secure the antidote. ... World Premiere ... Users should be aware that in rare cases pa... Read more
With a certain cynicism and lack of modesty I offer to you the story of the wanderer and his shadow. Not a Diary Film since the events depicted are filled with symbolism, error, vagueness and lies. Rather, this is an unhistorical portrait of the Living Fool, one whose destiny it was to enhance the by artificially introducing a few extra drops of tragedy, ecstasy and doom. ... Read more
In four corners of the globe - in each of the four seasons - four outstanding violinists undergo an extraordinary journey through their homelands. The resonant and much-loved music of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, along with the timeless stories of the artists, form the backbone of this celebration of friendship, homeland and, fundamentally, the cycle of seasons. From the springtime blossoms of Japa... Read more
The story of a Vickers Viscount upon its introduction into the passenger carrying flight — including how maintenance is carried out until the aircraft undergoes complete overhaul after having flown 4.000 hours. ... Read more
Young. Real. Naive. ... In 1999, 21-year-old Jesse Martin became the youngest person ever to sail solo, non stop and unassisted around the world. On his return he took four other young people sailing on what was planned to be a three-year voyage, stopping at the world's most remote and beautiful places. Dubbing the trip the ‘Journey of Young People', Martin intended to make a 13-part documentary s... Read more
Capturing a moment in time, this is a poignant film about a young girl yearning for her absent father. Erin White's 62 Sleeps is wonderfully understated and deeply affecting, with Beatrice Bradley as the stoic star. --- D/S Erin White P Dane Carson WS VCA School of Film & Television TD video/col/2004/11mins ... Read more
A woman journey's into the night and returns.---D/S Kasimir Burgess P Julia Ciccarone WS Kasimir Burgess TD video/col/2007/4mins ... Read more
A music-based comedy with surreal undertones showing the dismal suburban environment of an "average" family. On this ... particular morning music starts as a pulse and affects each member of the family in a different fashion. ... For the father the music initially releases and then overwhelms him on his way to work, for the wife it becomes a counterpoint for drudgery and chores; and for the son it... Read more
A dance film with a different angle. Snappy editing, witty and pointed sound design, athletic performances and dramatic lighting enhance this inventive and joyous celebration of power and delicacy, grace and verve. ... Read more
A small group of old people in the quiet Nariel Valley of Victoria, strive to keep alive the folk music and dances of their youth. ... Read more
The average man, in ignorance and confusion, has an optimistic view of his future. The expert, wrapped in his knowledge and expertise, is pessimistic. It is this disparity of belief that the political cartoonist and humorist, Bruce Petty, animates in his film. Petty sees the world and its problems as complex. He shows Man as a lonely Figure on a unicycle, pedalling hard towards disaster. ... Read more
A birthday celebration in the woods becomes something horrific. Inspired by true events. ... Read more
A young priest returns from Rome to attend his mother's funeral. His father has been bothered by the angels and finds his son's inability to explain things frustrating: "You left me and your mother to go chasing that meddling, long-haired, socialist, Jewish hippy and you don't even know what an angel is!" A wryly amusing tale with a tragic outcome. ... Read more
When Bobby and Tia meet by accident, the last thing they want is a relationship. Bobby is hell-bent on self-destruction and, in Tia, he finds a willing companion.They embark on a brutal and damaging tryst fuelled by sex, alcohol and deceit. ... Tia's only emotional refuge is her childhood friend Phaedra, a trusting and optimistic confidant. Tia's tragic denial of her present life begins to infect ... Read more
Playing like the first third of a feature film, A Day and a Half carefully observes the inter-relations between a family through the eyes of an 11 year old girl. ... Former AFTRS student Michael Karris shows exceptional feeling for nuance and telling but never showy direction, in this accomplished short-feature. ... Read more
Old Joyce and Kevin Harvey are nice country people but a couple of real duds. Young Roy, their boarder, knows what's what and advises them on all matters financial. Sort of a bloke you can trust, I suppose. A cleverly written and acted comedy, knee deep in the Australian vernacular. ... Read more
In contrast to Peh's film Meianie El Mirs adap­tion of Barbara Baynton's thunderously symbol­ist and psychologically dramatic story 1907 story adopts a narrative form but it is in her very par­ticular eccentric and surreal style. This A Dreamer may not seem precious about Baynton's status in the literary canon but it is intnguingly appro­priate to the original s hysterical foetal melodra­ma of noc... Read more
In this film from the Bush Studies project Peh conjours an ambient reading of Barbara Bayn­ton s 1907 neo Gothic short story. Perceived through a misty gauze in grainy black and white and a tinny scratched recording of a parlour song, the film evokes a deathly nostalgia with atmospheric minimalism. ... Read more
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