Why I’m quitting Tropfest
The December 2013 winner of Tropfest
- The world's largest short film festival
has attracted controversy by awarding first prize to Bamboozled
- a story where a man sleeps with his ex girlfriend who's had a sex change as a punchline. TROPFEST #FAIL: WHY THEY GOT IT WRONG
Three young filmmakers from Melbourne, Australia were set to make a short film on the serenity of fly fishing, focusing on a man named Phipps who lived on a lake in central Tasmania. Once they met Phipps, however, that all changed
. Here is a glimpse into Phipps' beautiful, quiet world. [more inside]
! (also available here
): Abe Forsythe made the movie Computer Boy
when he was just 18. It's a 50 min. spoof of The Matrix that was filmed in less than two weeks at actual Matrix shooting locations in Australia and cost just over $2000 to make.*
It became a cult hit when it was released online in 2000 & was one of the first internet films to hit 500,000 views.* (wikipedia, imdb) [more inside]
, aka The Quest
(North America), aka Go Kids
(UK), aka The Spirit Chaser
(Sweden) features Henry Thomas as an American orphan in Australia investigating an aboriginal legend at a flooded quarry in Devils Knob national park. And yes, it's available in its entirety on youtube
are an Australian collective of film makers. They’ve produced a couple of features including Animal Kingdom
, for which Jacki Weaver
has been nominated for this year's Best Supporting Actress Oscar. You can find a number of their shorts and other works on their Youtube Channel
. [more inside]
"It's a barbecue area."
"They call this
has been discussed before
here in the blue, but last week the Australian Classification Review Board
determined that the DVD release can be classified R18+ (available, but with sale restricted to adults), if it includes 3 hours of additional material proposed by the potential distributor, Shock
. In the decision, the Board notes that the additional material "facilitates wider consideration of the context of the film."
While this decision is a win for anti-censorship campaigners and film buffs, it may not be the final chapter. The film has had a checkered history
The Board's media release is here
Australian short film - I Love Sarah Jane
'Jimbo is 13. All he can think about is one girl, Sarah Jane. And no matter what stands in his way - bullies, violence, chaos, zombies - nothing is going to stop him from finding a way into her world.' NSFW - swearing and gore. SLYT.
launched today. You can view clips from Australian feature films, documentaries, TV programs, shorts, home movies, newsreels, advertisements, other historical footage, and sponsored films produced over the last 100 years, with curators’ notes and other information about each title. [via Margaret and David]
"... straight out of Down-Under, explosive stuntman-editor-producer-writer-actor-director Nash Edgerton delivers his latest effort, "Spider", a 9-minute action-thriller that gives an all-new meaning to old Peugeots, stunning blondes and love-jokes
"the silly old buggers gone bloody missing"
cane toad learns the dangers of being one of the less adored icons of the Aussie landscape.
Region 4 Vs The World
"Well I for one have had enough. I have a voice and it’s time that it was heard." Frustrated film fan in Australia reports on their dvd scene.
Rabbit Proof Fence
is a movie about Australia's "stolen generation
," the 100,000 Aboriginal and "half-caste" children kidnapped between 1910 and 1970 and raised in institutions, as part of a policy to "breed out" their Aboriginal blood and integrate them into white society. The movie
is the true story of three girls who ran away and walked 1500 miles back home. Molly, the oldest one, walked it again years later when they captured her and her children. Here's a teacher's guide
(pdf) based on the gov't report about the stolen generation. (book by Molly's daughter Doris Pilkington
, movie soundtrack by Peter Gabriel
. It's getting a lot of press despite its low profile -- go support your local indie theater)