Coast de­but for shorts fes­ti­val

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

film fes­ti­val Flick­er­fest makes its first visit to the Gold Coast in the show’s tour­ing his­tory on Satur­day. Au­di­ences will see The Best of Aus­tralian Shorts pro­gram, cu­rated from five Aus­tralian pro­grams of films that were in com­pe­ti­tion at Bondi, Syd­ney, on its tour of 47 Aus­tralia cities and re­gional cen­tres from Jan­uary to May. Some­thing that might sur­prise film buffs is the num­ber of big names as­so­ci­ated with films in the pro­gram. Opener A Cau­tion­ary Tail is an an­i­mated short film fea­tur­ing the voices of Cate Blanchett, David Wen­ham and Barry Otto and an orig­i­nal score by award-win­ning com­poser Michael Yez­er­ski. A dark, funny fa­ble for chil­dren and adults alike, the story is told us­ing a strik­ing col­lage of 3D an­i­mated characters and hand-made minia­ture sets. It is one of 10 films that screen as part of the tour­ing pro­gram. Oth­ers are The Cap­tain, which has Joel Edger­ton’s brother Nash as a co-di­rec­tor and cowriter. An­other is Lois, di­rected and penned by Fred Schep­isi’s ac­tress daugh­ter Alexan­dra ( Eye of the Storm). Flick­er­fest turned 22 years old this year. Five com­pet­i­tive pro­grams re­ceived a record 2300 en­tries. Only the Top 100 shorts were se­lected for the of­fi­cial com­pe­ti­tion. Ten air as part of The Best of Aus­tralian Shorts pro­gram. Flick­er­fest is Aus­tralia’s only Academy ac­cred­ited and BAFTA recog­nised short film fes­ti­val.

Flick­er­fest on Tour plays The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast’s Par­adise Show­room on Satur­day from 6.30pm. Tick­ets $13.50.

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