Monday, 15 May 2023
This screening session features 10 short films. All films are in English OR have English subtitles.
Palace Central (Cinema 7)
Central Park Mall (Level 3), 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008
Tickets are only $8.00* per screening and include a free drink at the cinema's bar. Get ticket now.
Free tickets available for students (25-), seniors (65+), and unemployed or low income guests: Submit a request.
*All proceeds go to The Bigger Screen, an international organisation supporting independent filmmakers.
VEGETATIVE (FRANCE) BY HANNAH PAPACEK HARPER
Synopsis: Vegetative is a short visual poem; an experimental video which was created during the first Covid19 lockdown in spring 2020. This abstract piece plays with text and video and brings a dreamlike inner space into being. It explores the rapport toward nature and intimacy that we were forced to change abruptly. Running time: 00:00:47.
Selections/awards: Super Shorts London, Amsterdam Independent FF, Viewpoint Documentary FF, and more.
WIRE IN HIS BLOOD (AUSTRALIA) BY MATT DEAVIN
Synopsis: This story is about the Ltyentye Apurte born artist, David Wallace. From a young age David made 'bush toys' for himself and the children of his community, made from recycled materials such as fencing wire, scrap metal and copper from old motors. David's work provides a detailed record of his life and experiences working the land, station and community life throughout central Australia. The accurate and minute detail in each piece, reflect his experiences of travelling and working the land. This film details David's life and his ongoing struggle with with Kidney disease, which forces him to be on dialysis 3 x times a week. With the closest machine 120km away in Alice Springs, David is forced to be away from his family and his wires. Running time: 00:07:00.
MOSCOW STATE CIRCUS (USA) BY JOSHUA VAN HORN
Synopsis: A short profile on the bears of the Moscow State Circus based on a passage by John McPhee. Running time: 00:01:02.
Selections/awards: Extremely Shorts FF, MicroMania FF, Big Teeth Small Shorts FF, Doc.London, and more.
A ROHINGYA'S JOURNEY (AUSTRALIA) BY ED CONEY
Synopsis: A refugee story of strength, hope and determination. Running time: 00:08:20.
HEAVEN IS ON MY SIDE (PORTUGAL) BY MARCO ESPIRITO SANTO
Synopsis: A short film on gratitude and big-wave surfing featuring João “Massas” de Macedo, “Heaven Is On My Side” is simultaneously a documentary and a meditation on environmental consciousness through Macedo's experience at the world’s biggest wave in Nazaré, Portugal. Running time: 00:03:37.
Selections/awards: Portuguese Surf FF, Oahu Surf FF (Outstanding Visuals Award), Paris Surf & Skateboard FF, Byron Bay IFF.
IF I HAD THE LONGEST ARMS (AUSTRALIA) BY JOSHUA KHOURY
Synopsis: A personal documentary about a family growing up and moving out over 4 generations and 75 years. A work of bricolage using home media taken from 1947 to 2022, recorded on audio cassettes, 8mm film, mini-DVs, and digital video. The film depicts successive generations as they move from Southern Rhodesia to South Africa to Zimbabwe, to England, the USA, and finally Australia. Running time: 00:11:35.
THE HAIR ON MY BODY (AUSTRALIA) BY ALEISHA VIDYA WINSLOW
Synopsis: Bobzii, a non-binary Japanese-Australian, Naarm/Melbourne based artist, discusses their body hair, gender identity and sexuality and how societies stereotypical views on female and male bodies has influenced the creation of their art. Running time: 00:04:05.
I NEVER HAD DREAMS OF MY SON (UKRAINE) BY JASON BLEVINS
Synopsis: After five years of war, a Ukrainian father finds proof his missing son may still be alive in captivity. Running time: 00:16:16.
Selections/awards: Doc.Berlin, Doc.London, Toronto Film Week (Best New Filmmaker), Viewpoint Documentary FF.
DECLUTTER (AUSTRALIA) BY JACKSON HAYAT
Synopsis: Marsa sits at the precipice of finding her calling: decluttering the lives of tenants facing mental health battles. Running time: 00:05:43.
THE MECHANICS OF FLUIDS (FRANCE) BY GALA HERNÁNDEZ LÓPEZ
Synopsis: In 2018, an incel called Anathematic Anarchist posted a suicide letter on Reddit entitled "America is responsible for my death". The documentary “The Mechanics of Fluids” is an attempt to find answers to his words. A virtual drift through the internet in search of his digital traces that ends up being an inner journey between our connected solitudes. Running time: 00:35:00.
Selections/awards: DOK Leipzig, FIFIB Bordeaux Contrebande (Grand Prix), Seminci Valladolid Documentary (Best Documentary Short), Kasseler Dokfest, Festival de Cine de Alcalá de Henares, Beijing International Short FF, D'A FF Barcelona, Doc.Berlin (Best Experimental Documentary), Brussels Independent FF (Best Documentary Short), and more.