Australian Shorts 2011

Winner of Best Australian Short Documentary, 2011:

OL’ BLUE EYES

Directed by Matt Cooney | Australia | 2009 | 8 min

The life of Sydney taxi driver, Zachary Kryuchkov, who is a classically trained singer from Ukraine who plays his customers his CDs.

 

All Gone, Extreme Clean

Martin Jehle | Australia | 2010 | 19 min

A film about a woman who set up a crime scene clean up company after her friend committed suicide.

 

Brisbane Blacks

Ben Carr | Australia | 2010 | 11 min

The story of the Indigenous band Mop and the Dropouts that used music to raise political issues, most noticeably the protests that surrounded the Commonwealth games in 1982.

 

Comme Ci Comme Ça: The Story of Carmen Rupe

Lucy Hayes | Australia | 2010 | 11 min

A fascinating documentary that introduces us to 74 year old Carmen; one of Sydney’s original drag queens and showgirls.

 

Fists of Affection

Dave Mitchell | Australia | 2009 | 3 min

A story about a priest who began a campaign to stop a Muslim cleric being deported from Australia.

 

Night Fare

William Head | Australia | 2009 | 5 min

A voyeuristic look at a Melbourne taxi driver, taking a break to enjoy a meal.

 

On Violence

Ricardo Skaff | Australia | 2010 | 7 min

One man’s reflections on violence.

 

The Rise of Leatherman

Kim Munro | Australia | 2008 | 10 min

A very personal yet lighthearted film about an individual’s desire to be crowned “Leatherman of the Year”.

 

Sink or Swim

Amelia Kelly | Australia | 2010

The story of an Afghani immigrant who began swimming classes for immigrants in Parramatta after her son drowned.

 

Skin

Tom Noakes | Australia | 2009

A film that follows Sydney’s body modification martyr Joeltron, exploring the reasons and struggles behind his unique form of self-expression.

 

This is How You’ll Make Your Bed in Prison

Katie Mitchell | Australia | 2009 | 10 min

A retrospectively told story of an Indigenous woman who took on the government over plans to take away the right to vote from people in prison.

 

Three. Art

Martin Ingle | Australia | 2010 | 12 min

A film exploring what art means through interviews with three artists: a writer, a musician and a photographer.

 

Out of Competition

The First Interview

Dennis Tupicoff | Australia | 2011 | 15 min

Gary has struck up a relationship with a woman he met on a dating website. The time to meet is drawing near – but there’s something she should know about him before they take it to the next level. (Pictured)

 

Something to Tell You

Pete Gleeson | Australia | 2010 | 8 min

Gary has struck up a relationship with a woman he met on a dating website. The time to meet is drawing near – but there’s something she should know about him before they take it to the next level.

 

We Are Illuminated

William Head | Australia | 2010 | 13 min

A film following five people over one bustling night in Melbourne. Beautiful imagery and evocative music lead us along a sensory journey into an unseen world. Each character lives in apparent isolation from the others, yet when a nightclub reveller bursts onto the screen, their worlds connect through a universal insight.

 

Director
Various
Section
Australian Shorts
Festival Year
2011