Australian Shorts 2014

Winner of Best Australian Short Documentary, 2014:


Directed by James Fleming, Kelly Hucker | Australia | 2014 | 14 min

An elderly man struggling to cope with his wife’s dementia gets drawn into a macabre cabaret restaurant where he becomes enchanted by the lead actress.


As Time Unfolds

Annalivia O’Donnell | Australia | 2014 | 13 min

As Time Unfolds explores the bond between mother and child through heartbreaking circumstances.


Central Texas Barbecue

Matthew Shalleh | Australia | 2014 | 14 min

In Central Texas, barbecue is more than a way to cook meat – it’s a way of life, a path to salvation, and a sure-fire way to start an argument at the dinner table.



Pete Ireland | Australia | 2014 | 3 min

As rock legend fades into myth, and the beat of time marches on, it becomes clear that even rock gods are just men, just people, after all.



Larissa Behrendt | Australia | 2014 | 7 min

Clan tells the story of James Saunders, an Aboriginal man from a community where there is “men’s business” and “women’s business”, as he comes to terms with his sexuality. (Pictured)


The Goal Shooter

Chris Phillips | Australia | 2014 | 5 min

For a teenage girl, getting your period for the first time can be overwhelming. In Uganda, many girls miss school because of their period – and some drop out altogether. But not Christine.


The Horologist

David Valkenet | Australia | 2013 | 6 min

The journey of a piece of steel from rod to tiny turning handle, as professional watch maker Michael Presser grinds it down into the correct shape and size.



Gus Berger | Australia | 2014 | 11 min

With the advent of digital, the art of projection is being lost and 35mm films are getting Junked.


My Favourite Things

Chris Phillips | Australia | 2013 | 5 min

An enchanting story about poverty, play, and the rights of children, starring five-year-old Hennock from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


An Open Heart

Jojo Ferris | Australia | 2013 | 9 min

Jess grew up with Marfan Syndrome, a rare life-threatening genetic disorder. With pregnancy out of the question, Jess and her husband meet a surrogate mother willing to carry their baby.



Jilli Rose | Australia | 2013 | 19 min

Exiled from a tropical paradise, a handful of remarkable stick insects dodged extinction by hiding on a single windswept bush on the world’s tallest sea stack for 80 years.


A Thousand Suns

Blue Lucine | Australia | 2014 | 6 min

Kumeran is a young boy in immigration detention. He retreats to his imagination to explore possibilities of escape and to dream of the world he can’t reach.


Unstill Lives

Daz Chandler | Australia | 2014 | 10 min

Artistic expression can never be detained.


Very Impressive

Hollie Fifer, Luke Goodall | Australia | 2014 | 9 min

With a name like Very Impressive, he lives under the pressure of what it means to lead the perfect life. Does being a queer eccentric artist who enjoys swimming naked count?


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