• Bargain (2009) (Tropfest)Source: Tropfest
In the lead-up to Tropfest 2016, look back on some of the festival’s finest films, featuring famous faces such as Joel Edgerton, Rebel Wilson, Sam Worthington and John Waters.
SBS Movies

5 Nov 2015 - 10:56 AM  UPDATED 27 Jan 2016 - 4:59 PM

Tickler (2001)

TSI: Horn

Director: Clayton Jacobson
Starring: Clayton Jacobson, Chris Bartlett, Ant Keogh
What's it about?
Writer/director Clayton Jacobson went on to make the box office hit Kenny with his brother Shane. Before they demystified the world of portaloos, Clayton won the Topicana Prize when for directing (and starring in) this short about a couple, parked out the front of an adult sex store, wrestling over a horny dilemma. 

Wilfred (2002)

TSI: Match

Director: Tony Rogers
Starring: Jason Gann, Adam Zwar, Cindy Waddingham
What's it about?
Of course you know the series, but did you know it all started at Tropfest? This 2002 short is a gem of dark comedy, about a man, a dog, and a fierce battle for a woman's attention. Can they come to a compromise? Not likely. 

Buried (2003)

TSI: Rock

Director: Tim Bullock
Starring: Clayton Jacobson, Jason Gann
What's it about?
Clayton Jacobson and Jason Gann star in Tim Bullock's winning short, about two shady characters who discover the hard way that disposing of a body can be a real pain the arse.

Enzo (2004)

TSI: Hook

Director: Sam Worthington
Starring: Dorain Nkono, Andrew Legalo
What's it about?
After winning Best Male Actor at Tropfest 2001 in A Matter for Life, Sam Worthington made his own short documentary in 2004. Enzo is a passionate man who hopes, thinks and knows that he has what it takes to become the best footballer in the world.

Too Far (2005)

TSI: Umbrella

Director: Matthew Peek
Starring: Gerard Cogley, Jon Richards, Tess Warrener, Phoebe Goodman
What's it about?
Set in the dark heart of middle class suburbia, this is the tragicomic story of a paranoid father who overreacts to the perfect storm of the Y2K bug, the threat of terrorism... and water restrictions. 

Carnivore Reflux (2006)

TSI: Bubble

Director: Eddie White
Starring: John Waters
What's it about?
Over the course of an average meat-eater's lifetime, they will consume; 10 cows, ½ tonne of fish, 760 chickens, 37 sheep and 42 pigs. Beautifully narrated by Play School legend John Waters, Carnivore Reflux is an entertaining animation about meat consumption. 

Pig Latin (2007)

TSI: Sneeze

Director: Nathaniel Kiwi
Starring: Stephen Curry, Steven Stagg, Diana Greentree, Charlie Clausen
What's it about?
Two cops startle a woman working in the garden, and so begins a story of two guys who remember that lucky kid from school who has the pool, the trampoline, the Atari and all that other cool stuff.

White Lines (2008)

TSI: 8

Director: Craig Maclean
Starring: Colin Lane, Scott Harrison, Michael Sweatman, Gwen Kewley
What's it about?
Jacko is on a routine stakeout with Ray, a rookie who is all too happy to bend the rules to get results. When things go awry, Ray goes rogue. 

Bargain! (2009)

TSI: Spring

Director: Rachel Givney
Starring: Rebel Wilson, Andrew Steel, Shannon Dooley
What's it about?
Australia's funny expat Rebel Wilson stars as shy, dorky Linda, who makes the most of being alone with her sister’s hunky boyfriend…

Shock (2010)

TSI: Dice

Director: Abe Forsythe
Starring: Patrick Brammall, Helen Dalimore
What's it about?
In this Tropfest winner, actor/director Abe Forsythe tells us the story of a broken man (played by Ruben Guthrie star Patrick Brammall), who awakes to be confronted with the consequences of his own life choices. His past, present and future collide as he faces the inevitable…

Smoking Will Kill You (2010)

TSI: Dice

Director: Raphael Sammut
Starring: Toby Truslove, Heidi Arena, Hugh Jenkins
What's it about?
Bill’s life was simple and uncomplicated. Sammy’s was contrived and controlled. Like a monkey with a gun, these two should never have met.

Monkeys (2011)

TSI: Key

Director: Joel Edgerton
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Damian Walshe-Howling, Damon Herriman, Krew Boyland
What's it about?
Monkeys is the second short by actor/director Joel Edgerton (responsible for the recent surprise hit thriller The Gift). The story focuses on two men, whose friendship is tested when one of them realises his mate has gone and copied his haircut. 

Josh (2013)

TSI: Change

Director: Stef Smith
Starring: Josh Hemsworth, Gary Hacksley, Emma Mathers, Elizabeth Boyd, Chris Hemsworth
What's it about?
A mockumentary following Josh Hemsworth and his efforts to break into the acting world by trading on his surname. Blinded by his love and adoration for all that his brothers Chris, Liam and Luke have achieved, he believes that merely sharing the same DNA will inevitably mean he is just as talented. Wrong.


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