Laughs from many lands
LOVERS of a good laugh need look no further – Over the Fence Comedy Film Festival is coming to town.
Festival director Greg Coffey said they aimed to find comedies that made audiences think as well as laugh.
“We had a beautiful film last year that was actually about racism,” he said.
“It was about how an Arab was constantly harassed.
“It was a beautiful comedy but it also took you to the depths of what that guy felt and that’s what we have this year.” The offerings this time around include such interesting titles as ‘Acrophobia’ and ‘5 Ways to Die’ which are the festivals first ever entries from Puerto Rico and Cyprus respectively.
The festival theme this year is Love, Angst and Other Deceptions, but Mr Coffey said it wasn’t him or his team that had chosen it.
In the third year of the festival an overriding feeling emerged among the submissions Mr Coffey said.
“And every subsequent year we’ve noticed that there’s a theme that stands out and we didn’t ask for it or create it; it creates itself,” he said.
The festival itself came about in a similarly organic fashion.
As a student film maker, Mr Coffey said he was compelled to create highly intense films.
At the screening of one such film Mr Coffey happened to be seated behind the wife of his university tutor and her friend.
“She saw my film, which was about the end of human life on our planet, and at the end she turned to her friend and said ‘why did he make it?’, and through that I saw that if I had injected humour into it she would have enjoyed it, but also would have gotten my message,” he said.
From there the festival has snowballed, starting out exclusively as a Western Australian film festival, before moving national and now international.
The festival now receives hundreds of applications each year from around the globe, with only the 12 best being selected for audiences’ enjoyment.
LAUGH FEST: A still from 'Young Heart' by Australian duo Christian and Dean Kennedy to be shown at the 2015 Over the Fence Comedy Film Festival.
GIGGLES: British director Mark Playne's submission for Over the Fence 'Love at First Sight'.
FUNNY FILMS: A scene from 'Voice Over' from director Martin Rosete which will screen at the Over the Fence Comedy Film Festival.