FESTIVAL A FAST ROAD TO DELIGHT
Lovers of short films should head out to HOTA tonight to catch Flickerfest’s touring showcase of poignant, funny and even scary little gems
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.
YOUR CALL IS IMPORTANT TO US
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.”
LOST PROPERTY OFFICE
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.
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.
DÖDA FARMOR (KILLING GRANDMA)
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!”
UNDER THE HAMMER
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.