Lovers of short films should head out to HOTA tonight to catch Flick­er­fest’s tour­ing show­case of poignant, funny and even scary lit­tle gems

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The an­nual Flick­er­fest tour makes its way to HOTA tonight, show­cas­ing the Best Of Aus­tralian Shorts, Best Of In­ter­na­tional Shorts and Short Laughs Com­edy pro­grams. Here are our top picks for the evening.


T.J. Power Aus­tralia Your Call is Im­por­tant to Us (star­ring co­me­dian Andy Lee) is a short com­edy that con­firms our fears about what re­ally goes on at call cen­tres when we’re asked, “Please hold?” Writer/di­rec­tor T.J. Power said of the film’s mak­ing: “The idea was in­spired by ac­tual events. While on hold to my in­sur­ance com­pany, I found my­self hum­ming the call­wait­ing tunes of the var­i­ous de­part­ments I was trans­ferred/ palmed off to as the hours that I will never get back passed me by. I ac­tu­ally wrote the out­line for the film while on hold and curs­ing them (se­ri­ously!) so re­ally, I should be thank­ing them.”


Daniel Agdag Aus­tralia Ed is a thor­ough cus­to­dian of a large city tran­sit’s lost prop­erty of­fice. In many ways he is as lost as the items he looks af­ter. Alone, in the base­ment of­fice, he is kept com­pany by a tiny toy ro­bot and a gramo­phone. It be­comes clear that Ed has been made re­dun­dant – it just seems no­body vis­its the of­fice much any­more. As the end of the day ap­proaches and the sun be­gins to dip, so too does Ed’s mood. But rather than aban­don his beloved of­fice and all the for­got­ten relics he has cared for, he de­cides to reap­pro­pri­ate them. What emerges from the base­ment is won­drous and whim­si­cal.


Genevieve Clay-Smith

Aus­tralia Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story’s Jamie Brewer stars as Sonja, a woman with an in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity who forms an un­likely friend­ship with a Su­danese refugee through their mu­tual love of krump. Kill Off is an in­clu­sive film project brought to life by 11 stu­dents with an in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity un­der the guid­ance of pro­fes­sional film in­dus­try men­tors. The short was made through a 10-month in­clu­sive film­mak­ing pro­gram, de­vel­oped by Bus Stop Films co-founder, Genevieve ClaySmith. The story of Kill Off is based on a fea­ture-length film, Baby Cat, which Bus Stop Films is cur­rently de­vel­op­ing with the help of Screen Aus­tralia’s Gen­der Mat­ters fund­ing ini­tia­tive. Kill Off is a proof of con­cept for Bus Stop’s first in­clu­sive fea­ture film.


James Fitch­ett Aus­tralia A film about a guy who is al­ler­gic to his girl­friend. Fol­low­ing stylis­tic cues of such mas­ter­pieces as Man­hat­tan and Frances Ha, Patty Lovesick is a 19-minute short film of pla­tonic v phys­i­cal love, told through the uneasy char­ac­ter of Patty. In an at­tempt to get over his ex-girl­friend, Tara, he ac­ci­den­tally makes him­self al­ler­gic to her. This is fine ... un­til Tara wants to get back to­gether. His mind’s telling him yes but his body is telling him no. Patty soon re­alises he can’t even be near Tara with­out feel­ing nau­seous, but tries his best to hide this from her, which leads to dis­as­trous re­sults.

Vic­to­ria Wharfe McIn­tyre

Aus­tralia Miro is a World War II Aus­tralian Abo­rig­i­nal west­ern. When Miro re­turns home from the war he finds his land taken, his peo­ple gone, his daugh­ter stolen and his ser­vice record treated with con­tempt, but the bat­tle­field has taught him how to fight and he sets out to re­unite his fam­ily, wag­ing his own form of jus­tice. Tel Ben­jamin Aus­tralia Maya and Cassie have been best friends since pri­mary school. Maya and Cassie think Ned Stark died too early. Maya and Cassie are go­ing to rob Wayne Ma­son’s house. It should be one of the eas­i­est scores the duo has ever made, if only they can keep their ex­is­ten­tial crises in check.


Lars Vega Pers­son Swe­den When two young girls prac­tis­ing for QuakeCon are forced to spend time with one of the girls’ grand­mother, they dis­cover that she is a world­weary woman of strong will. A twisted and highly en­ter­tain­ing Swedish com­edy. Kate Her­ron United King­dom Smear is a short film that satirises the fear and em­bar­rass­ment some women ex­pe­ri­ence around hav­ing their first smear test. In­spired by Grem­lins, Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors and Tremors, it’s a hor­ror­com­edy us­ing ten­ta­cles to talk about a prob­lem in a way prob­a­bly you haven’t seen be­fore. It was shot by Nicola Da­ley ASC, score by Patrick Jon­s­son (com­poser on Os­car­win­ning White Hel­mets) and stars Sophia Di Martino ( Flow­ers), Nick Mo­hammed ( Mr Swal­low), Rose John­son ( Birth­day Girls) and Izzy Laugh­land ( Chubby Funny).


Grant De Sousa South Africa It’s Com­pli­cated is a cross-genre film, billed as a ro­man­tic com­edy hor­ror. It tells the story of lonely Andy, who in­vites a girl he met on­line to his apart­ment. He then falls head-over-heels for her de­spite his stoner flat­mate Nigel’s re­peated at­tempts to point out her seem­ingly ob­vi­ous flaw. Di­rec­tor Grant De Sousa said: “I felt that dark come­dies are such a rare pur­suit in the for­eign film mar­ket­place and prob­a­bly with good rea­son. It was a huge chal­lenge and one I could not have achieved with­out such a stel­lar cast!”


Daniel Reisinger Aus­tralia A man strug­gles to stop his beloved fam­ily home from sell­ing. Star­ring two of the lead­ing stars of Aus­tralian com­edy. Nick Boshier is Thommo, whose show Soul Mates was re­cently picked up by NBC’s SEESO net­work. Co­me­dian Dave East­gate plays his best friend Daryl. Dave is one of the coun­try’s most re­spected com­edy ac­tors, who was re­cently nom­i­nated for the Gold Lo­gie.


So­phie Wi­etlis­bach Switzer­land A satir­i­cal por­trait of Switzer­land, which makes use of aes­thetic codes in­spired by touris­tic lan­guage. The film sar­cas­ti­cally de­nounces the ab­sur­dity of the at­trac­tions that at­tempt to sat­isfy an in­sa­tiable pub­lic. It ad­dresses cur­rent is­sues and opens the way for reflections on the fu­ture of the alpine land­scape. Flick­er­fest 2018, tonight at 6.30pm at HOTA. Tick­ets $10-$16 from hota.com.au or on the door.

Ac­tor Andy Lee and di­rec­tor T.J. Power on the set of Your Call is Im­por­tant to Us, which is part of Flick­er­fest at HOTA tonight.

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