Coast debut for shorts festival
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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