Shorts Programme 2

Friday 29th November, 5.30pm - 7.00pm
@ The Backlot Studios, 65 Haig St, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia


Dirs. Jane Dyson & Ross Harrison
Australia | 19 mins
Logline: When Saraswati arrives as the first educated daughter-in-law in a Himalayan village, she wonders how she will ever feel at home. But faced with the scepticism of an older generation of women, she grows determined to succeed. As the village’s ten-day Pandav Lila festival approaches, the film offers a window onto the everyday work and spiritual practices that bind people to each other and the land. An intimate story of longing and belonging in India’s sacred mountains, ‘Spirit’ explores what it takes to make a home in a remote community in the thralls of change.


Dir. Mason Fleming
Australia | 15 mins
Logline: In the face of an antagonist tribunal, a harried interpreter must go beyond her professional boundaries in deciding the fate of an asylum seeker.


Dir. Aaron Harvey
Australia | 13 mins
Logline: When the one thing he values most is destroyed, a wealthy self-made investor is suddenly confronted with the reality of his past, forcing him to try fix the unfixable, before he loses everything.


Dir. Chris Franklin
Australia | 15 mins
Logline: When Australian documentary photographer Andrew Chapman was invited to the Austin Hospital in Melbourne to photograph open heart surgery for TIME magazine, the transplant team in the operating theatre next door invited him to photograph them as well. Little did he know, this same surgical team would be saving his life 17 years later.


Dir. Jordie Katz
Australia | 5 mins
Logline: After robbing a local jewellery store, two young lovers hide out in a public Exeloo toilet.


Dir. Sherelle Furneaux
Australia | 7 mins
Logline: Man is no match against them. They came in their thousands and wiped out billions. Few remain. Among the survivors is Noah; alone and afraid. He survives only because he doesn’t know what else to do. But he is beginning to see that he will die, by starvation or by Them.


Commander Sam
Dir. Liam Fourace
Australia | 9 mins
Logline: Sam and Neil are astronauts, and their world is surrounded by space inspired creations. Sam spends her night in a spaceship forged from her father’s work van who works night construction, but after a dangerous close encounter, their relationship is challenged.


The Road from Baucau
Dir. Hayden Flynn
Australia | 6 mins
Logline: This short documentary follows the life-changing adventure of a group of seven 16-17 year old students as they venture out of the comfort of Australian life to experience the plains of Timor-Leste. The film’s narrative unfolds through personal reflections from the students, combining the individuals’ journey of self-discovery with insightful analysis of the state of the two nations.


After each film there will be a minute-long break, during which we invite the audience to complete scorecards. The cards go towards the scoring of the films and are sent directly to the filmmakers to provide insight into the audience's response.

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