SELECTED FOR SXSW SYDNEY 2023 AND ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL 2023 – After returning to Australia from the failed Gallipoli campaign, A First Nations soldier faces scrutiny that forces him to question his choices, identity, and future.
SELECTED FOR SXSW SYDNEY 2023 AND ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL 2023 – Kyle Williams a young Aboriginal man, still mourning the loss of his mother, returns to her Country and accidentally disturbs a grave unleashing a spiritual protector that will stop at nothing for revenge.
SELECTED FOR SXSW SYDNEY 2023 AND ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL 2023 – A tech-savvy teen, who relocates to live with her Deaf Aunty, must learn Auslan and deal with a technophobic, reclusive watchmaker, who challenges her world.
Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black) is a multi-disciplinary artwork created by Yankunytjatjara artist Derik Lynch and Australian artist Matthew Thorne. The film follows Derik’s road trip from the oppression of white city life in Adelaide back to country – Aputula – to perform on sacred Inma ground, while memories from his youth growing up on country return. Inma is a traditional form of storytelling using the visual, verbal, and physical. It is how Anangu Tjukurpa (myths) have been passed down for over 60,000+ years. The film had its international premiere at Berlinale 2023 where it won the Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film) and the Teddy Queer Film Award for Best Short Film.
PRODUCER: Matthew Thorne (SA), Patrick Graham (SA), Duncan Graham (SA), Corey Gray, Cameron Gray, Justin Kurzel
This charming animated short from Adelaide Studios based animation, game and experience studio Monkeystack explores grief and memory in the wake of a tragedy. A teenager honours the memory of their mother, following the same trail they hiked together and revisiting their relationship. Hike is directed by Justin Wight and Alexander Rodeghiego-Smith and was funded through the 2022 Unreal Engine Short Film Challenge, supported by the SAFC.
When fifteen-year-old Elle brings up the elephant in the room – a fiery meteor heading for Earth – her father denies the coming danger, preferring to follow the deranged advice of a child psychiatrist. The film premiered at AFF 2022.
This First Nations led short film comes from First Nations owned and governed Aboriginal art centre Iwantja Arts, which is located in the rocky, desert country of Indulkana Community on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in the remote north-west of South Australia. More then 40 young men and women from Indulkana Community story boarded, created props, and prepared dances in workshops led by Iwantja artists to create the film, which explores the intergenerational effects of the transition from traditional Anangu life prior to first contact through to contemporary life in Indulkana Community. The film incorporates dance and music, both traditional and contemporary, blending live action with animated sequences. While the film looks at the drastic and often damaging changes faced by Anangu people across generations, the project’s leaders want their film to convey a positive message, celebrating Anangu cultural resilience and a spirit of irreverent humour.
PRODUCER: Beth Conway (SA), Vicki Cullinan (SA)
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Vicki Cullinan (SA), Peter Mungkuri OAM (SA)
CREATIVE DIRECTOR/WRITER: Kaylene Whiskey (SA), Vincent Namatjira OAM (SA)
Djaambi centres on Reg, a young First Nations man who is transitioning between past decisions and the new. Made raw in the wake of the death of his close cousin, Tjarrah, Reg’s experiences with racism at the hands of his work colleague challenge his sense of identity, making him anxious. Embarking on a spiritual journey, reflecting on the past to reassure his present decisions, Tjarrah guides Reg through his grief. Djaambi touches on contemporary themes of racism and mental health while navigating one’s place in Australian society, illustrating the impact of cultural overload and the aftermath of trauma.
Set in assimilationist Australia, Aboriginal sisters Grace and Eva long to understand their identities. They meet in secret and find refuge from the mission on the beach. Stars Kaniesha Glastonbury, Zabella Glastonbury.
Conceived and directed by Garry Stewart with cinematography from renowned director and film maker Cordelia Beresford, this short film draws upon the choreography from Australian Dance Theatre’s mainstage work, The Beginning of Nature, shot in stunning locations across South Australia including Kangaroo Island, Lake Bumbunga, Lake Gairdner, Maslin Beach, Mount Lofty Botanic Garden and Mount Remarkable National Park. Stars Jana Castillo, Zoë Dunwoodie, Harrison Elliott, Thomas Fonua, Christopher Mills, Gabrielle Nankivell, Matte Roffe, Rowan Rossi, Kimball Wong.
Upon completing his six years in jail, after taking the wrap for his brother Chris’s crime, Rick finds his family in financial hardship and he is unable to acquire a job to help provide. In the hopes of finding financial freedom for their family, Rick is lured by Chris into a uniquely well devised and low risk method of bank robbing, and the boys quickly become successful career criminals. Their success is short lived as Rick is unaware that his older brother stole this full-proof method from another career criminal, who is now demanding full compensation, drawing the brothers into a high-stakes conflict for their freedom, family, the money, and redemption. Stars Marley Sharp, Tysan Towney, Thibul Nettle.
Six months after the death of her mother, Alex is a young woman on the run. Travelling with her guardian, Will. She hides a dangerous secret, a special power inside her that certain groups will do anything to get their hands on. Alex is no normal woman, she’s a WIELDER. Telekinesis is just the beginning of her growing power – abilities she must keep repressed and secret for her own safety. Stars Rose Riley, Charles Mayer.
Konya follows a middle aged Aboriginal woman who lives on her own in the community. Trapped in routine, Grace is determined to remain lonely and bored as punishment for her sins – her only connection with the world is the occasional visit from her nephew, Daniel, as he looks for cigarettes. With her days lost in the humdrum of a life alone and the mistakes of the past, Grace waits – for death or change, whichever comes first. When she gets a knock on the door from an unexpected visitor, Grace is given a second chance to make things right with her estranged daughter, Angelica. But Angelica has inherited her mother’s determination and looking for her own answers – and the two women find themselves at a crossroads: to forgive and be forgiven, or to punish for eternity. Konya explores the lasting damage between mother and daughter, the crosses they must bear for sins of the past, and the struggle within to say the hardest word of them all. Stars Ningali Lawford-Wolf, Natasha Wanganeen (SA), Derik Lynch (SA).
When an Aboriginal man in a corporate world uncovers unexpected synchronicity he faces a crossroad, and goes on an urban walkabout. The film tackles questions of personal identity in a postmodern world, through the underlying theme of music. Stars Matthew Hein and Charlotte Rose.
When Rosie Fields gets a call that her younger brother Tyson is at the police station, she knows the police are the least of his problems. Already irate at having to leave work, Rosie’s anger is pushed to its limit when she hears what Tyson is in trouble for. Can a cheeky smile and two cowering cops stand in the way of a sister pushed to breaking point? Stars Natasha Wanganeen, Corey Bobongie, Brendan Cooney, David John Clarke.
One of the world’s greatest songwriters. A suitcase filled with never-before-seen songs, half-written. Three musicians from the other side of the world – Adelaide, South Australia – brought together with musicians from Austin, Texas, to bring these forgotten gems of Americana songwriting to life.
In a moonlit suburban back yard, two brothers battle one another in a mythic game of cricket. An immersive study of the motion, physics and psychology of elite sport, Summation of Force is a cosmic, dreamlike and darkly beautiful metaphor for life.
PRODUCER: Anton Andreacchio, Rebecca Summerton
DIRECTOR: Trent Parke, Narelle Autio, Matthew Bate
Connor, secretly in love with his best friend Rach, has gotten her an amazing birthday present. Something that’s sure to knock her off her feet. But, when things take a sharply peculiar turn, Connor begins to wonder whether he would have been better off just getting a gift voucher. Stars Tom Ward, Erin James.
After a young boy accidentally shoots a stranger with his fathers gun, it is left to the nonchalant townsfolk to cover it up as quickly as possible – so they can get back to whatever it was they were doing before. Stars Amber Coulter, Linda Cropper, Chris Duncan.
Based on a short story by Shaun Micallef, The Moment tells the story of an old man torn from his slumber by a horrible and unshakable vision. It was nominated for Best Short Animation at the 2012 AACTA Awards and Runner-up Best Short Film at 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
A shopping mall plays host to a bizarre act of defiance. Two men search for meaning in their lives. What does any of this have to do with dolphins? Part absurdist comedy and part surreal drama, the film is an oddly moving exploration of the divide between feeling and understanding – one which may, or may not, feature actual dolphins.
PRODUCER: Megan Huitema, Sarah Alexandra Macdonald
Cyprus 1974: A Greek-Cypriot family flees invading Turkish forces and takes refuge in an abandoned palace, where they are found by a young Turkish-Cypriot army conscript. Shot on location around the United Nations Green Line in Lefkosia, Cyprus – the world’s last divided capital.
PRODUCER: Andros Achilleas, Kate Croser, Anthony Maras, Julie Ryan (Executive Producer)
Paper Planes follows the plight of a young African family struggling to escape the blood shed during a civil war. When the father is killed, his son Alier is left caught in the cross fire between African militia and UN forces, all fighting for control over the desert land. Stars Mark Constable, Hemedi Saidi, Shedrick K. Yarkpai.
Triptych Pictures in association with Laneway Pictures
‘Injury Time’ traverses the dying minutes of a football manager’s desperate struggle to win The Game on his own terms. This gripping, high concept thriller is told in real-time in one continuous shot. Stars Laurence Breuls, Callum Di Sario, David Field.
Returning home through the scrub after a night out two teenage girls seek respite from the stifling heat. Fuelled by cheap alcohol and teenage hormones they make their way to an isolated fire-water tank, lured by the promise of cool water. Once inside the tank the intimate mood takes a dangerous turn when they discover they are trapped with no way out. Stars Nicole Gulasekharam, Briony Kent.
Meredith has elephantiasis. That is, a burden of elephants. For years her neighbours, friends, family and students have been offering up stuffed, marble, magnetised elephants, even elephant shaped waffle makers, tea cups and pens. But you see, Meredith doesn’t even like elephants. She could have mentioned this, of course, but she knows that this imagined fondness of hers for elephants is proof of her jolliness, a huge joke against herself, and she knows that a jolly fat woman without jolliness is left with only one adjective. When a marriage proposal from the one person she hoped would understand her goes horribly wrong, Meredith is forced to confront her Elephantiasis. Can she break free from her social politeness and let her friends know who she really is? Stars Marcus Becker, Greg Marsh, Katrina Milosevic.
Murder, sex, drugs, art, politics… sneakers hanging on telephone lines have become a powerful urban symbol, inspiring genesis theories both hilarious and sinister. In an effort to get to the truth once and for all we asked the people of earth to help us solve this mystery. Using an on-line call out and a phone message bank, this documentary was made entirely from donated photographs, phoned-in theories, video, vlogs, and animation. The Mystery of Flying Kicks is the result of a unique digital collaboration between the filmmakers and the international public.
World Premiere SXSW Film Festival 2010, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Brooklyn International Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival
Winner – 2010 SA Screen Awards: Best Film, Best Editing & Innovation in Digital Media,
Winner – 2010 Melbourne International Film Festival: Best Short Film
A dance film triptych about our human need to connect and the urgent games we play. Created in collaboration with Adelaide’s acclaimed Restless Dance Theatre which works with young dancers with and without a disability:
Moths – Co-directed and choreographed by Paul Zivkovich
Two men collide in a dank night world, drenched with loss and heavy with hope. Who do you see in your dreams?
Sixteen – Co-directed and choreographed by Kat Worth
A coming of age game about the joy, nervousness, desire and intimacy of the different kinds of connections a young woman will, did or might have in her life.
Necessity – Co-directed and choreographed by Tuula Roppola
A game between two girls eternally bound together as they trace their lives onto the walls of their room and try to get below the surface.
PRODUCER: Bryan Mason & Sophie Hyde with Restless Dance Theatre
In a city of singing cats, a lonely beat poet falls for a beautiful siren. When a mysterious figure kidnaps the town’s singers, the poet must save his muse and put an end to a nefarious symphony. Produced by the People’s Republic of Animation. Narrated by Nick Cave.
If you don’t speak Greek, you’re in trouble. A bit of Greece survives in suburban Australia’s Kafenios, with cafes that are a cross between a men’s club, mafia den and a nursing home. When Bill is forced to take over his uncle’s Kafenio, Kosta sees an opportunity to make a fast buck off the kid, just so long as he can keep his cool, his wife at bay and the cops on side. Stars Chris Asimos, Chris Fitzgibbons, Yianni Giatrakos.
Official Selection – Melbourne International Film Festival
Winner – SA Screen Awards Best Screenplay & Best Cinematography
Winner – Sydney Film Festival CRC Award
Winner – SBS Television Awards, Film Chosen by SBS for Broadcast
After the death of his mother, the vegetable garden becomes 11 year old Liam’s lifeline to the world. For James, surviving the death of his wife has meant a total disconnection from the world, keeping pain at arm’s length. It is only when Liam’s beloved garden comes under attack by the family goats that James reconnects with his responsibilities as a father and Liam can once again become the child he really is.
Official Selection – St Kilda Film Festival; Salento International Film Festival
Official Selection – Heart of Gold International Film Festival
When Sarah begins cleaning house for a blind Vietnam veteran an unlikely friendship develops as both come to terms with what they have lost.
Winner – Best Short Film at St Kilda Sydney Film Festival
Carbon Planet Audience Award for Best Animation at the Adelaide Film Festival
When an otherworldly substance with amazing cloning properties falls into the hands of the evil criminal mastermind, Captain Maximum, only the extreme powers of the Italian Spiderman can save the world. Stars David Ashby, Chris Asimos, Anna Cashman.
Living in the middle of Australia’s desolate landscape, Angela has been waiting all her life. Waiting for her boyfriend to return from the army and marry her, waiting for her mother to sober up, waiting for her life to begin. On the return of her boyfriend Will, Angela looks around at her bleak surroundings, her friends with their unplanned pregnancies, desperate marriages, and dead-end jobs and realises that she cannot spend
the rest of her life in a small town with no future. As Will prepares to return to the army and her mother prepares to move in with yet another man, Angela makes a decision that will change her life forever.
Winner – 2007 Tupelo Film Festival Best in Show
Winner – 2007 Australian Cinematographer Awards – GOLD AWARD Best Short Drama
Amir and his young son Mansur flee the violent streets of Kabul only to encounter another type of persecution upon arrival in Australia. Stars Seleman Haider, Rodney Afif, Rod Gasson.
Winner – 2006 Flickerfest International Short Film Festival: SBS Award
Winner – 2006 Australian Cinematographers Society Awards: Golden Tripod
Winner – 2006 St Kilda Film Festival: Judges Special Commendation
Winner – 2006 WorldFest-Houston: Jury Prize – Platinum Remi Award
Winner – 2006 South Australian Short Screen Awards: Best Drama
Winner – 2006 South Australian Short Screen Awards: Best Direction
Winner – 2006 South Australian Short Screen Awards: Best Cinematography
When Fritz’s first tooth falls out he wakes to find a shiny one-dollar coin beside his bed. Fritz’s first encounter with money ignites his entrepreneurial spirit, and from that moment on everything changes. He quickly spirals into a life of dark and twisted moneymaking ventures, where nothing is safe from being sold: even his own emotions. Fritz is a darkly comic cautionary tale warning of the dangers of consumerism and entrepreneurial greed. Stars Charles “Bud” Tingwell.
An elderly man Frank spends his days making picture frames. Every day Eva comes into the shed searching for Frank and although day after day she always finds him, she can never seem to recognise him. Stars Roger Cardwell, Elena Carapetis, Mary Coppola.
Winner – 2005 Australian Cinematographer Society Award of Distinction for Fictional Drama Shorts
Something is missing in Betty’s married life, so Mother Nature lends a hand.
2004 Official Selection Venice Film Festival, Italy
2005 Best Foreign Film, Créteil International Film Festival, France
2005 Best Film Audience Award, Sao Paulo Short Film Festival, Brazil
2005 Best Short Film, Cinekink Film Festival, New York, USA
2005 Festival Diploma Molodist International Film Festival, Ukraine
2005 Audience Award Winner, Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA
2005 Best Transgender Short, Hamburg Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Germany
2005 Best First Film, Montecatini Film & Video Awards, Italy
2005 Best Screenplay Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival
2005 Best Female Short, Lavender Pikes Film Festival, Colorado, USA