Australian Festival Highlights
Short Film Session 2
Last year as borders closed, many filmmakers in Australia turned their attention to this nation’s often violent history. The films in this session— made by some of the best emerging filmmakers from around the country—attend to this history using a variety of genres and styles. If they create a composite image, it is an uncertain one, marked by questions of power and identity far from resolution.
Directors Adam Murfet & Jessie Oldfield
In the woods, a young woman and man scuffle as they fight for life.
Director Deborah Brown
A former navy officer reunites with his cousins to grieve after learning of his grandfathers’ death.
Director Lydia Rui
An experimental exploration of minor feelings and self-transformation in the digital age.
WITH THE CATTLE
Director Cameron Dunlop
A ruminative short film focusing on the interplay between bovine lives and human consumption.
UNE BELLE JOURNÉE
Director Malo Hawkins
A French couple travelling by campervan around Australia discover their relationship is at a crossroads.
THE NINTH TOWER
Director Kauthar Abdulalim
When the Victorian Government locks down his public-housing building, a teenager responsible for his mother’s welfare is pushed to the brink.
Director Oskar Weimar
Mixing horror, dance and Lacanian philosophy, this dark, modern day fable tells the story of a human body on a journey of self-discovery.
Directors Claire Marshall
An experimental dance film based around a narrative duet, with two dancers portraying a discordant couple stuck in a rut of manipulative behaviour.