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Full Program for July 13 Screening

I’m happy to announce our full program for July 13. We’ll be showing a film from local filmmaker Alex Kingsmill and one from young Australian filmmaker Andrew Kavanagh in addition to the Future Shorts pop up festival slate. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing more information about each film individually, but for now, here’s the overview. If you like what you see, why not save $2 and get your advance tickets now?

Still from Bang


Dir: Alex Kingsmill
Canada – 2012

Bang is a critique of the often predictable aspects of human nature, juxtaposed against the state of flux surrounding us, most evident in the universe we inhabit.

  • Official Selection – Toronto Youth Shorts Festival

Duration: 5:00

Still from At The Formal


Dir: Andrew Kavanagh
Australia – 2010

Behind the veil of civil ideals, is the modern ceremony of a high school formal all that different from the ancient ceremony of ritual sacrifice?

  • Official Selection – Locarno International Film Festival

Duration: 8:00

Still from A Morning Stroll


Dir: Grant Orchard
United Kingdom – 2012

Created by Studio AKA, the multi-BAFTA winning company behind Future Shorts favourite Jojo in the Stars, Grant Orchard’s A Morning Stroll is the story of an encounter between a New Yorker and a chicken. Told over three acts spanning over 100 years, this incredibly successful animated short has already won a BAFTA and a Jury Award at Sundance and was nominated for a Short Animated Film Oscar.

  • Jury Award – Sundance Film Festival
  • Best Short Animation – BAFTA Film Awards
  • Nominee – Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film

Duration: 7:00

Still from Guest


Dir: Ga Eun-Yoon
South Korea – 2011

A teenager angry at her father’s affair barges into his mistress’ house to find her two little kids. Winner of the 2012 International Grand Prix at Clermont -Ferrand, Guest is a beautifully acted coming-of-age portrayal of emotions from Korean National University of Arts’ film program.

  • International Grand Prix – International Short Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand

Duration: 20:00

Still from (notes on) biology


Dir: Will Madden
United States – 2011

A stop motion animation, (notes on) biology was the winner of Best Short at SXSW. This very clever short film brought to us by Ornana Films follows a student’s imagination during a Biology class.

  • Best Short – South by Southwest Film Festival

Duration: 6:00

Still from We'll Become Oil


Dir: Mihai Grecu
Romania – 2011

A winner at the Tampere Film Festival, this experimental documentary inspired by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill describes the effect of conflict in geographical spaces.

  • Best Animated Film – Tampere Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Slamdance Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Worldwide Short Film Festival

Duration: 6:00

Still from Street Vendor Cinema


Dir: Clarissa Knoll
Brazil – 2011

A short film producer sells filmmaking on demand in the busiest shopping street of Brazil. The outcome is an extraordinary mix of genres, from a samurai epic to a family melodrama, all born out of popular fantasy shaped amid the market’s chaos.

  • Official Selection – New Directors/New Films (New York)

Duration: 15:00

Still from Tumult


Dir: John Barrington
United Kingdom – 2011

A tribe of Norse warriors traipses across a barren landscape after battle. Their dying chief is about to hand over power to his son when an army of a completely different kind descends upon them.

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival

Duration: 13:00

Still from Fireworks


Dir: Victor Hugo Duran
United States – 2011

Growing up in Los Angeles, the fourth of July was always about fireworks. Against the holiday backdrop in South LA, Fireworks is a coming-of-age story of two adolescent boys on a quest to impress a group of girls.

  • Official Selection – Tribeca Film Festival

Duration: 11:00

So what are you waiting for? Buy your tickets and join us!

At The Formal will screen on July 13

Still from At The Formal
I’m extremely pleased to announce the first film to be featured in our July 13 programme. When I saw Andrew Kavanagh’s short At The Formal several months ago, I immediately knew I wanted to share it with an audience. The film has played several prestigious film festivals at home in Kavanagh’s native Australia and abroad, including the Locarno Film Festival. Here’s what he had to say about the origin of the film, which I think will intrigue you:

At The Formal is a film that compares the modern ritual of a high school formal with the ancient rituals of historic civilisations, asking the question: Beneath the veil of civil ideals, have we really changed that much?

I find the connection between short films and poems useful in my filmmaking and this particular film was developed from a poem I wrote one night after witnessing the aftermath of a high school formal.

At first it was kind of magical. The girls and boys were resplendent in their evening wear. They held hands and seemed to be almost dancing down the footpath, but as the procession went on, things became more sinister. The faces became sweaty and grotesque, people were urinating in the gutter, fights broke out, I almost stepped on a young man vomiting in a hedge and the air was sickly sweet with the smell of premixed drinks.

To me these teenagers, dressed so elegantly and behaving so bestially, symbolised a conflict present within us all…and so I made a film about it.

As the film was adapted from a poem, I was searching for a simplicity and economy in the form, as well as a way to capture the dreamlike quality the experience had accrued in my memory. The long shot at the beginning makes sure the film is something to be experienced rather than immediately understood and the soundtrack speaks more of the jungle than a Formal event – which is where I thought I had found myself on the night I was privileged enough to stumble through this ritual, as a sober intruder.

The director’s next short, Men of the Earth is playing at the Worldwide Short Film Festival this week and I’m sure he’ll acquire many new fans at that screening. The two films are linked, both thematically and in the use of very long tracking shots which gradually draw the viewer into the ceremonial goings-on. I can’t wait to share this film with you, and to see where this young filmmaker goes next. Oh, and here’s the trailer, if you dare:

P.S. Sadly, this announcement means the super-cheap $5 tickets I was offering to our July 13 screening are now off-sale. But you can certainly get reasonably cheap $8 tickets still, or pay $10 at the door.