June 23, 1999
|DOWN UNDER SHORTS: Gems from Australia... and one from New Zealand|
by Show Film
The offerings in our first annual survey of short films from "Down Under" include gems starring and directed by Oscar-nominated talent. These shorts cover diverse landscape -- locations from modern Sydney to rural 19th century New Zealand -- comedies, dramas, experimentals. All of these eye opening shorts are screening for the first time theatrically in Los Angeles.
Keri Lights "Tangerine Dream" (8 min.) A hip, young couple challenge, love and insult in this innovatively shot film.
Nash Edgertons & Kieran Darcy-Smiths "Loaded" (9 min.) Set in inner-suburban Sydney, we reel along as our boys chase down foes, crash cars and betray each other.
Alan Lovells"The Kiss" (7 min.) Starring Hugo Weaving (PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE MATRIX) This multi-award winning film takes a hilarious look at mistaken identity, sexual pursuits, oral fixation and auto obsession. Something for everyone!
Kriv Stenders"Two Out" (14 min.) An intense, claustrophobic comedy-drama set in a prison cell that has us relieved that were out on bail.
Brad McGanns"Possum" (14 min.) Set in 19th century, rural New Zealand, an eerie, heartbreaking tale where a childs imagination, rigid family roles and myth collide.
Jo Kennedys"Quill" (2 min.) A woman discovers she is leaking.
Sofya Gollans"Chlorine Dreams" (10 min.) Excellent underwater camera work underscores this award-winning film about a young girl who teeters on the edge of her imagination when she befriends the ghost in her familys swimming pool.
Andrew Lancasters"Palace Café" (5 min.) From this award-winning music video director (Midnight Oil) comes a late night percussive tale of coffee and romance.
Rachel Griffiths "Tulip" (12 min.) The directorial debut from this Oscar-nominated actress (HILARY & JACKIE, MURIELS WEDDING) is a beautiful and funny look at how grief changes our world.
Emma-Kate Croghans"Sexy Girls, Sexy Appliances" (4 min.) Women ..and their relationships with household appliances.
Stuart McDonalds"My Second Car" (12 min.) A poignant tale of uncommunicative fathers, compassion & lost innocence.
Adam Blaiklocks"Piano Bomb" (7 min.) Can one man stop the destruction of the Sydney Opera House?
Andrew Uptons"Bangers" (7 min.) World Premiere! Starring Cate Blanchett (ELIZABETH, PUSHING TIN) What happens when a woman gets progressively drunk. Join us for a discussion with visiting filmmakers and reception after the screening.
Program compiled by Andrew P. Crane & Leslie Rabb.
Special thanks to Tania Epstein, Leslie Rabb, Charlotte Del Rose, Kathleen Drumm