SBS TWO premiere – Saturday, 18th May, 9:00pm
SBS ONE encore – Monday, 20th May, 11.30pm
The St Kilda Film Festival, Australia's largest and longest running short film festival, turns the big 3-0 this year. To celebrate this momentous milestone, Shorts On Screen is showcasing a selection of the festival's recent award-winning films.
St Kilda Film Festival started out as a humble platform for Australian filmmakers to show their shorts and documentaries to a small but appreciative local audience. Along the way, they've championed the early works of some of Australia's foremost filmmaking luminaries, including Jane Campion, Cate Shortland, Adam Elliot, Joel and Nash Edgerton, and Clayton Jacobson.
This year, the festival has grown from 6 to 10 days, kicking off on May 23. As usual, they will be screening Australia's top 100 short films, as well as a number of sidebar programs, including the SoundKilda Australian music video competition held at the Astor theatre. Also at the Astor is One Step Ahead, a night of retro Australian music clips. For the first time ever, the festival is partnering with the prestigious SXSW Film Festival to present a series of short films 'straight out of Texas'.
With all this on offer, it's sure to be one big long short film party… but go easy St Kilda; you're not in your twenties anymore.
Transmission – WATCH BELOW
(Australia 2012, Dir: Zak Hilditch)
Winner of Best Film at last year's festival, this post-apocalyptic short film about the aftermath of a deadly pandemic and its impact on a father- daughter relationship was made as part of Screen Australia's Springboard program, which aims to help filmmakers create a short to act as their calling card and compliment an existing feature film proposal. Widescreen shots of barren landscapes and an eerie unsettling score reminiscent of Kubrick's The Shining effectively ratchet up the tension as the pair encounter a serious threat on their journey to an inland safe area.
The Globe Collector – WATCH BELOW
(Australia 2012, Dir: Summer DeRoche)
This beautifully shot and celebratory short about Andrew Pullen, an eccentric collector of electric lamps (not to be confused with the American term 'light bulbs'), took the Best Documentary gong at last year's festival. Andrew, who's been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, has amassed an impressive collection of over 10,000 globes in his lifetime. The film wonderfully weaves together interviews with Andrew and his mother, stunning shots of the globes and quirky graphic elements which lend a playful air to this illuminating subject.
The Wake – WATCH BELOW
(Australia 2009, Dir: Gemma Lee)
Actor Angus Sampson has been displaying an ever-increasing range in recent years, but here he plays the lovable goofball in a delicately balanced comedy drama about a grieving family. This film was the recipient of the SBS TV Award at the 2010 event.
For more information on the St Kilda Film Festival, visit the official website.