• Australian actor Aaron Pedersen stars in opening night short film, ‘Out of Range’. (SBS)Source: SBS
Over three nights, SBS brings you 14 short films looking at the diverse, moving and sometimes hilarious lives of Australians.
Anthony Morris

13 Sep 2019 - 7:24 AM  UPDATED 13 Sep 2019 - 7:24 AM

Introducing the inaugural SBS Short Film Festival – the cutting-edge film festival you can watch from your couch. With four scripted and 10 non-scripted short-form productions dropping exclusively at SBS On Demand over three days, it’s a celebration of diversity and the short film form.

Featuring Australian creatives from communities that are underrepresented on our screens, the opening night includes Out of Range, starring Australian actor and TV Week Logie nominee Aaron Pedersen.

A partnership between SBS and five Australian screen agencies – Film Victoria, Screen Queensland, Screenwest, South Australian Film Corporation and Screen Tasmania – brings these short films to audiences. It’s a festival that’s truly national in scope.

Running from 13­–15 September, here’s what you can expect on Day 1: Friday 13 September.

Out of Range

Written and directed by John Harvey

Struggling actor Max (Aaron Pedersen) decides to liven up a visit by his estranged 12-year-old son Levi (newcomer Araluen Lee Baxter) by taking him on a fishing trip. But when his car breaks down on a country road with no traffic or phone reception, they’re forced to spend more time with each other than either of them had planned.

The Loop

Written and directed by Lorcan Hopper and Johanis Lyons-Reid

First-time television director Lorcan Hopper wants to use the world of soap operas to share his experiences of life with Down syndrome. Will the cast and crew be able to reach the high standards he demands of them? And will the documentary crew filming Lorcan be a stumbling block or help drive him on to reach his goal?

Limited Surrender

By Kirsty Martinsen

Artist Kirsty Martinsen hasn’t let a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) get in the way of her creativity. Looking back at both her diagnosis and her artistic journey, the painter creates a new work as her story unfolds. 

Bananas pt 1

By director and co-writer Rachel Anderson and co-writer Mary Duong

Presenters Rachel Anderson and Mary Duong examine the intersection of food, family and culture as the pair – one a bi-racial Filipino-Australian from Hervey Bay and the other a queer Vietnamese-Australian from Brisbane – showcase who they are and where they’re going against the backdrop of the Asian cuisine of their youth.

The Small Town Drifter

Produced by Michael O’Neill and Dylan Hesp

It’s been 15 years since Taylor Forward almost died in a horrific accident. Now he’s heading to Japan to live his dream of competing in the world of high-speed drift racing. He may be in over his head but he’s got a lot to prove, both to himself and his Tasmanian hometown of Penguin.

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