The 27th season of Australia’s leading short film festival, Flickerfest, arrives in Brisbane this weekend after wowing Sidneysiders at Bondi Pavilion in January, and Melbourne’s film buffs in February. Queenslanders now have the chance to sample some of this year’s finest shorts, across two carefully curated evenings.
On 23 Feb, the Best Australian Shorts program showcases home-grown mini-masterpieces including the whimsical animation Martha The Monster, starring the voices of actress Rose Byrne and her husband Bobby Cannavale, and the dramatic and moving Indigenous Drama Miro starring Mark Coles-Smith. Also on the evening’s billing are two shorts from the Flickerfest Bondi programme which were created by Brisbane filmmakers; the edge-of-your-seat thriller The Baby Whisperer directed by Sean Gilligan and the charming romance Maddie & Marc by Daniel Anderson, in which a neurotic bride is pushed to the limit when her childish husband attempts to postpone their impending nuptials. The home-town heroes behind these two films, as well the as the program’s other Australian talents, will be on deck at the catered after party where you can meet them over a glass of wine (or two).
The following evening, on 24 Feb, there’s a chance to see a range of works sourced from around the world in the Best Of International Shorts program, Highlights include: the moving and insightful Academy Award nominated All Of Us (Watu Wote) from Germany based on a true story that sees Christian and Muslim bus passengers in Kenya put aside their differences during an attack by extremist group the Al Shabaab, the hilarious An Imagined Conversation With Kanye West And Stephen Hawking from Canada, which conjures a fictional meeting between the legendary scientist and the husband of Kim Kardashian, and Wren Boys from Ireland, that shines a spotlight on the theme of Gay marriage when a catholic priest from Cork drives his nephew to prison the day after Christmas. To add a little local flavour to this international feast of film, the program will also feature After The Smoke by Brisbane director Nick Waterman. Co-written by Waterman and singer/songwriter Bertie Blackman, it was filmed on location in Mt Isa and was awarded a special mention by the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2017.
Flickerfest 2018 touring programs screen 23 and 24 Feb at Palace Centro Cinemas